ARMY BEGINS COURT MARSHALING OF 10 SOLDIERS, REVIEWS ITS SECURITY PLAN FOR 2019 GENERAL ELECTION IN THE SOUTH EAST
A general court martial to try some members of the Nigerian Army accused of various offences has been inaugurated in Enugu.
Performing the ceremony at the 82 Division, Nigeria Army, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), Major General Emmanuel Kabuk, urged all the parties involved to ensure that justice ran its full course.
Addressing the parties involved in the trial of the soldiers, Major General Emmanuel Kabuk urged them to ensure justice for the accused, the Nigerian Army and to the victims of the actions or inactions of the accused.
Major General Kabuk also advised lawyers appearing before the court Marshal to avoid unnecessary technicalities that could delay delivery of Justice.
“Technicalities usually will cause unnecessary delay and the court will end up arriving at the same point,” he said.
The soldiers numbering more than ten are standing trial for offences committed atvarious locations, and they are at liberty to hire lawyers to represent them.
The court will decide whether or not the accused persons will continue in service.
In mean time, the 82 Division Nigerian Army Enugu says it has reviewed its contingency plan to checkmate any emergency security challenge to free, fair and credible 2019 general election.
The GOC 82 Division, Major General Emmanuel Kabuk, made this known while briefing newsmen at the Command’s headquarters, Enugu.
General Kabuk explained that the move was in line with the Chief of Army Staff’s directive, which was to have a professionally responsive Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional roles.
The GOCstressed the need for collaboration with other security agencies to ensure safety of lives and property of citizens in the South East Zone.
General Kabuk enjoined members of the Public to report any suspicious movement of persons around them to the nearest security location for action.
The Commanders of 13 Brigade Calabar, 14 Brigade Ohafia, 34 Brigade, Owerri and 82 Division Garrison were among those at the news conference.
ESTHER OGBU & NGOZI NWEKE