The Nigerian Army on Wednesday constituted a court-martial for offenders in the counter-insurgency warfare in the North-East area of the country.
Twenty soldiers (four officers and 16 other ranks) were bought before the newly inaugurated court for various offences including murder and sales of fire arms in the ongoing war against insurgency in the North-East.
Inaugurating the General Court-Martial with Brig. Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi as its president in Maiduguri, the acting General Officer Commanding, 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brig. Gen. Victor Ezugwu, said it was established to try offences committed by personnel within the Operation Lafiya Dole theatre of operation.
According to Ezugwu, it is public knowledge that discipline is the bedrock of the military profession and “to have a disciplined body of officers and men, there must be justice because it is when there is justice that discipline can be achieved.
“The court-martial is to achieve timely and quick dispensation of justice within the framework provided in relevant statute books.
“Therefore, it is important that both the prosecution and the accused persons or their counsel are mindful of this fact and strive to shun all forms of antics such as request for frivolous adjournments which could lead to delays in the trial processes. It is often said in the legal parlance that, justice delayed is justice denied.”