Army inaugurates Special Court Martial to try two Generals

Army inaugurates Special Court Martial to try two Generals

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The Nigerian Army on Thursday inaugurated a Special Court Martial to try two of its officers for undisclosed offences.

The Judge advocate, Colonel Ibrahim Musa, administered the oath on the President of the Special Court Martial, Air Vice-Marshal James Gbum, and three others.

Musa said the purpose of the special court was to try two of army officers, Major General Ibrahim Sanni and Major General Patrick Falola.

Reading the conveying order for the court from the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Yusuf Buratai, Musa said: “By the power conferred on me by Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, I hereby convey this speech to every one of you in this Special Court.

“This court is saddled with the responsibility of trying the two officers.”

On behalf of the special court members, Gum promised that they would discharge their duties in accordance with the 1999 Constitution as amended.

He said the court would also take the Armed Forces Act, Service Evidence Act, Military Law and Rule of Procedure for trials into cognisance.

The president assured of speedy dispensation of justice, acknowledging that “justice delayed is justice denied”.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the officers’ offences were, however, not stated.

But lead counsel to the Nigerian Army, Coloenl Ukpe Ukpe, said the trial would commence on Monday.
Ukpe appeared with five other counsels for the army, while the two accused officers were represented by two counsels.

NAN.

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