Mutiny: 97 Army Officers To Face Trial Again
The general court martial sitting in Abuja has adjourned till the fifteenth of october 2014, for the trial of ninety- seven military personnel accused of several misconducts during the course of their duties.
The decision came after the inauguration of a twenty-man panel for the court, which held at the Nigerian army garrison, Abuja.
President of the court, brigadier general Musa Yusuf, who made the announcement, said court will take arguments from defense counsels on resumption on that date.
Another court martial after conviction and death penalty thrown at twelve soldiers accused of mutiny two weeks ago.
This time, it is ninety-seven for similar offences. Today’s inauguration however confirms the military’s quest to rid its formations off indiscipline and acts capable of undermining its roles.
The 97 personnel have been accused of mutiny, assault, absence without leave, house breaking and other conducts prejudicial to good orders and service discipline suggesting their guilt even when not tried but the court is pledging to be lenient to ensure non of their rights are denied them.
The court further appealed to both prosecution and defense counsels to prepare their case in earnest to assist the accused persons and the court to ensure that justice is not delayed.
Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana who is representing 68 of the accused officers agreed with the court to make early submissions- promising to ensure that chances of the accused persons are not jeopardized.