From Blessing Ibunge, Port Harcourt
The 6 Division Nigerian Army, Court Martial is presently prosecuting 14 personnel accused of different offences ranging from alleged murder, kidnapping and other heinous, light offences.
The personnel include, a Major, two Captains, two Staff Sergeants, one Sergeants and other eight soldiers.
This was disclosed on Saturday at the Division headquarters in Port Harcourt, during the official inauguration of the court by the General Officer Commanding 6 Division and Land Component Commander Operation Delta Safe, Major General Jamil Sarham.
The newly inaugurated Court martial led by the President, Brig. General Bassey Etuk, is to ensure that proceedings are conducted in line with the law
In his acceptance speech, Brig General Etuk assured that the confidence bestowed on him and his members will not be disappointed.
Earlier during the inauguration, the GOC, Maj. Gen. Jamil Sarham said the aim of the court martial is to help restore justice to affected persons, and keep the arm forces in check and also ensure that proceeding are conducted in line with the law.
Maj Gen Sarham noted that inauguration of the Court Martial is pursuant to Section 131 of the Armed Forces Act.
He assured that justice will not only be done but that thorough investigation will be done to avoid prosecution of innocent persons.
In his speech, Sarham noted that “Section 131 of the Armed Forces Act therefore conferred on me the power to convene this General Court Martial and by so doing to try the accused persons who have allegedly violated some codes guiding our professional conduct.
“The offences for which the accused persons are being tried ranges from murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, desertion, offences in relation to public and services property, disobedience to standing orders and conducts to the prejudice to service discipline, all punishable under the Armed Forces Act CAP A20 Law of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.”.
He stressed that the “establishment of Court Martial is predicated on the fact that the Armed Forces of Nigeria holds its personnel in high esteem hence its resolve to ensure that a thorough investigation must be conducted before any suspect can be put on trial as it is in the instant case.”
Assuring Justice in the court proceedings, the GOC said “justice will not only be done on this entire trial but be seen to have been done. This is not only because the case against each accused person was thoroughly investigated to ensure that an innocent person is not wrongly tried and punished as I pointed out earlier”.