Brigadier-General, 21 Others Face Army Court-Martial

Convicted-Soldiers-360x225One brigadier-general and 21 other officers would go on trial on 16 January 2015 before a General Court Martial, GCM in Lagos for offences they allegedly committed in line of duty while battling insurgents in the North-East zone of the country Femi Falana, SAN, who is a defence lawyer to some of the soldiers told a national newspaper.

Falana said he had yet to receive the charges against his clients. The GCM is to hold at the 9 Brigade Officers’ Mess, Ikeja Cantonment, Lagos and said he had yet to receive the charges against his clients.

The GCM is to hold at the 9 Brigade Officers’ Mess, Ikeja Cantonment, Lagos. The accused officers include Brig.-Gen. J.O. Komolafe; Colonels A. Laguda, V. Ebhaleme, V.O. Ita, and I.B. Maina. Others are Colonels I. A Aboi, I.M Kabir, M.H. Abubakar, A. A. Egbejule, N. N. Orok, C. A. Magaji, A.O. Agwu, A.J.S. Gulani, O.O. Obolo and A.M. Adetuyi.

The list also include Lieutenant-Colonels I. A. Aboi, I.M. Kabir, M.H. Abubakar, A. A. Egbejule, N. N. Orok, C. A. Magaji, A.O. Agwu, A.J.S. Gulani, O.O. Obolo and A.M. Adetuyi.

The only Major among the accused officers is M. M. Idris and the others include Captains M Adamu, O. A. Adenaika, M. Gidado, M.M. Clark and S. Raymond.

S.O. Olowa is the only second lieutenant among the officers.

Their arraignment comes on the heels of the amendment of the convening order for the General Court Martial by the General Officer Commanding 81 Division of the Nigeria Army, Maj. Gen. T.I. Dibi, on August 6, 2014.

The amendment of the convening order replaces Brig.-Gen. I. O. Rabiu with Brig.-Gen. A. M. Sabo as the President of the court.

Other members of the panel are four other brigadiers-general – C. O. Ayara, J. C. Egbudom, S. A. Yaro, and J. Sarham.

The order indicated that Brig.-Gen. A. M Aliyu was on the waiting list.

It also nominated Lt. L.B. Berepiki and Warrant Officer Peter Ahmadu as additional prosecution counsel.

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