Army begins trial of officers, men accused of sabotaging fight against insurgents

By Baba Kura Mallam, Maiduguri

The Army High Command has commenced the trial of four officers and 16 personnel accused of sabotaging efforts to stamp out insurgency in the North Eastern part of the country.

Their alleged offences are related to the ongoing counter-terrorism operation (Operation Lafiya Dole) in the North East, begins on Monday in Maiduguri.

It was gathered that the offences, upon which the accused personnel will be tried, were allegedly committed in the theatre of operation.

It will be recalled that the Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division, Brig.Gen. Victor Ezugwu had inaugurated a General Court Martial (GCM),

While inaugurating the GCM, Ezugwu had said: “As you are all aware, discipline is the bedrock of the military profession and to have a disciplined body of officers and men, there must be justice because it is when there is justice that discipline can be achieved.

“Justice implies that infractions of the law must be promptly reported, investigated and the accused persons prosecuted within a reasonable time through the laid down rules, regulations and procedures.”

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