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General escapes Court Martial…. For now



The case of mutiny against Brig. Gen. J.O. Komolafe, by a Military General Court Martial has been adjourned indefinitely, even as some the other military officers pleaded not guilty to the alleged offence

The trial, which had been shifted about three times, finally began on Monday behind closed door at the Officers Mess of the 9th Brigade Headquarters, Ikeja, Lagos.

Though the trial was conducted amidst tight security and journalists were barred from covering the proceeding, it was, however, learnt that the trial commenced as scheduled.

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Femi Falana, who is representing one of the accused officers, Brig. Gen. J.O. Komolafe, told Punch that his own client’s case was adjourned sine dire (indefinitely), while the other officers whose trial began on Monday pleaded not guilty to the charges.

“The case of my client, Brig. Gen. Akomolafe, was adjourned sine die. Others pleaded not guilty. Case was adjourned till Wednesday and Thursday this week,” Falana said.

The 23 officers were accused of cowardly behaviour, failure to perform military duty, negligent performance of military duties and other offences relating to service property, among others.

The offence is punishable by death.

The offence is connected with the Boko Haram invasion of the 21 Artillery Brigade, Bama.

The military authority was said to have commenced investigation into the incident, shortly after the barracks fell to the insurgents, who reportedly carted away large quantity of arms and ammunition.


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