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Army inaugurates special court martial to try 29 personnel

Theatre Commander Operation Hadin Kai Major General Christopher Musa, President Special Court-Martial Brigadier General Hamza Gambo, and other senior officers during the inauguration of Special Court-Martial at Maimalari Cantonment Maiduguri.

The Theatre Commander Joint Taskforce Operation Hadin Kai, Major General Christopher Musa has inaugurated a special court-martial to try 29 military personnel for professional misconduct. 

At a ceremony at Maimalari Cantonment Maiduguri, Major General Musa said the special court-martial was inaugurated to try left over cases of the three dissolved courts that were inaugurated in October last year. 

Giving the breakdown of the cases, the Theatre Commander explained that the three courts disposed of 227 cases, out of which 107 cases were recommended for summary trials while 120 cases were concluded. 

“We have imprisonment 30, dismissal from armed forces 4, loss of seniority 25, loss of pay 20, severe reprimand 17, discharged and acquitted 10, case struck off 14, recommended for summary trail 107. So the whole essence is to ensure justice “General Musa said. 

Major Musa said the trial was painstakingly handled to ensure no person was shortchanged. 

He explained that all the recommendations have been forwarded to the Nigerian Army headquarters and Army Council for approval.

Theatre Legal Adviser who is also the Judge Advocate Squadron Leader, Audu Satomi remarked that the 29 cases involved officers and soldiers serving in the Theatre. 

The special court-martial was presided over by Brigadier General Hamza Gambo.

Reporting by Dauda Iliya, editing by Daniel Adejo