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Sunday 2 August 2015

The Nigerian Army reviews cases of court-martialed soldiers

The Nigerian Army has launched a review of the cases of soldiers court-martialled during the regime of immediate past President and Commander-in-Chief, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, which ended with the handover to his successor, retired Major-General Muhammadu Buhari on May 29.

The soldiers were court-matialled for various acts of indiscipline, including refusal to fight Boko Haram, resulting in the terrorists  over-running large parts of the country’s North-East before they were pushed out in the last days of the Jonathan administration. While many of the soldiers were convicted and sentenced to death, others were sentenced to jail but few declared innocent.

Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, confirmed the review of the cases last night. He wrote in a statement uploaded on his Facebook wall:
“The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a correspondence making the rounds in some media regarding an administrative procedure to review some recent disciplinary cases in the Nigerian Army. For the avoidance of doubt it should be noted that the Nigerian Army is reviewing all recent disciplinary cases due to the wave of litigations and petitions by some aggrieved personnel. The public should not misconstrue the recent directive to mean total recall of dismissed and deserter soldiers.”

Source News Express

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