There were indications in Abuja on Thursday that the authorities of the Nigerian Army might soon arraign 13 soldiers for cowardice and failure to obey orders from their superiors to advance at the (war) front. Investigations revealed that the soldiers directed to join their counterparts at the 7 Division, entrusted with the responsibility of coordinating the on going counter-terrorism operation in the North-East early in the year.
It was gathered that the General Court Martial set up to handle the cases emanating from the on-going operation led by Brig. Gen. CC Okonkwo will hear the cases against the soldiers .
A military source, who made this known in Abuja, did not give the exact date for the hearing of the cases.
He said that the soldiers ‘’failed to advance when an order was given to them to do so.” Their action, according to him, was against military laws.
It was learnt that the affected soldiers had all been moved to the Mogadishu Cantonment, Abuja, which is the venue of the GCM. When one of our correspondents contacted the Public Relations Officer of the Defence Headquarters, Garrison, Mogadishu Cantonment, Col. Aliyu Yusuf, he said that the GCM was not treating any case for now.
Yusuf said, “For now, there is no court martial inaugurated. When the court martial is inaugurated, I will brief you appropriately on the issues before it.”
It was learnt that many military personnel in detention were waiting to face the court martial for misdemeanours. The misdemeanours include negligence of duty, cowardice, failure to perform military duty, failure to advance with orders, leakage of information to the enemy and others.