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579 Nigerian Soldiers Face Trial

Posted: May 21, 2015 at 9:59 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

THE Nigerian Army has said that 579 officers and soldiers are facing a court-martial “to emphasise discipline” on charges believed to be related to the fight against an extremist uprising in the northeast.

Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, said that two court-martials had been put in place to ensure “quick dispensation of justice, discipline and professionalism.” He, however, did not give further details.

Two court-martials last year condemned to death 72 soldiers and a few officers, almost all younger than 25, for alleged cowardice, mutiny and other charges related to fighting Boko Haram extremists.

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, said at the time that evidence at the secret trials was a condemnation of Nigeria’s military establishment, indicating that corrupt officers often divert money meant for salaries and arms.

He said the army was making scapegoats of inexperienced soldiers.