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General leads 22 others to face court martial



For alleged negligence and complicity that led to the invasion of the 21 Artillery Brigade, Bama, by Boko Haram insurgents on September 2, 2014, the military authorities will on Monday commence the trial of a Brigadier General, four colonels, seven Lt. Cols, and 10 other officers of the Nigerian Army in Lagos.

This is most likely to be the biggest of the recent military court martial in the country.

For the first time, 23 very senior officers of the service would be arraigned for offences bordering on the counter-insurgency operations in the North-East zone.

The GCM, scheduled for inauguration at the Ikeja Cantonment today, will be presided over by Maj. Gen. S.D Aliyu.

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

It was learnt that one of the offences relating to service property was central to the setting up of the GCM.

The offence of cowardly behaviour attracts the death penalty while other offences attract nothing less than two years imprisonment.

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