Nigerian Military Constitutes Committee To Review All Court Martial Cases

Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai has initiated a process for reviewing all court martial cases boarding on acts of insubordination, cowardice,mutiny and related offences, which the previous administration had instituted against military officers mostly serving in the Northeast.
This is coming on the heels of the constitution of a committee  to review all the cases involving some soldiers who had been convicted or still standing trial in the three General Military Courts Martial in Kaduna, Lagos and Abuja. He is also reported to have dissolved all the ongoing General Military Courts Martial in the country. Officers and soldiers involved are expected to report at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, for the screening exercise.

The committee would begin sitting on August 7, and its assignment will last for 25 days. Reports indicate that those who might be lucky enough to benefit from the second chance from the new Army
Chief will likely be given a short retraining exercise and given the opportunity to join their colleagues in the fight against the insurgents.

The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman clarified the situation in a statement Sunday in response to some reports regarding the recent disciplinary actions by the Army.
"The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a correspondence making the rounds in some media regarding an administrative procedure to review some recent disciplinary cases in the Nigerian Army.
"For the avoidance of doubt it should be noted that the Nigerian Army is reviewing all recent disciplinary cases due to the wave of litigations and petitions by some aggrieved personnel", Usman said.

He however cautioned that the action does not mean that all deserters or dismissed officers will be recalled.