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20 Officers Face Army Court Martial For Murder, Gun-running In Borno

Borno Nigeria Army
Posted: Aug 10, 2016 at 2:51 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

A court martial of the Nigerian Army has begun the trial of 20 officers and men for various offences, ranging from murder, gun-running to misconduct in the line of duty in Borno State.

This was disclosed on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, shortly after the inauguration of the court martial.

Brig. Gen. Victor Ezugwu, acting General Officer Commanding, 7 Division, Nigerian Army, which is concentrated in Borno State to combat Boko Haram terrorism under the code-name “Operation Lafiya Dole”, shortly after the court was established, noted that “the court martial is to achieve timely and quick dispensation of justice within the framework provided in relevant statute books.”

“It important that both the prosecution and the accused persons or their counsel are mindful of this fact and strive to shun all forms of antics such as request for frivolous adjournments, which could lead to delays in the trial process.

“It is often said in legal parlance that justice delayed is justice denied,” he said.

The court, presided over by Brig.-Gen. Adeniyi, promised a fair and speedy trial.

Adeniyi said, “I must assured all, especially the accused, that they have nothing to fear; we are going to be fair to all of them.

“Be guided by the Constitution and all other military laws. We would be fair and just. There are higher courts where the judgement here can be appealed.

“You have the right for legal representation.

“We are not going to allow for any unnecessary delay, justice delayed, they say, is justice denied.”