The 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, Ibadan, on Wednesday commenced the trial of six officers. Four officers and two others for various offences in a military court. The suspects are being tried for offences ranging from murder, manslaughter, stealing, sexual relationship with spouses of military personnel and disgraceful conduct to negligence in the performance of military duties.

The six suspected offenders are serving in various units of the 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, Adekunle Fajuyi Cantonment, Odogbo, Ibadan. The accused military personnel included a major, a captain, a lieutenant, a second lieutenant, a corporal and a private. The trial of the accused persons commenced immediately after the General Officer Commanding (GOC) for the division, Major Gen. Laz Ilo, inaugurated the General Court Martial. The six-member special court is presided over by Brig Gen Ibikunle Raji. Also in the panel are – Col. Jimoh Audu, Lt. Col. Kenneth Emefiele, Lt. Col .Aliyu Emekoma, Major James Mimiola and the judge advocate, Major Diepiriye Biambo.

While inaugurating the court, the GOC, in his remarks, said: “The military formation is one that is anchored and driven by core values, most importantly discipline. In administration of discipline in the Nigerian Army, we ensure that justice is never miscarried. “The accused persons are given ample opportunity and all required to defend themselves.”

Ilo stated that the inauguration of the general court martial was in line with the vision of Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, to have a professionally responsive Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional roles to the nation, adding that “to accomplish the vision, there is need for discipline and absolute discipline.”

CULLED FROM: thenationonlineng.net

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