Army Chief Orders Court Martial of 2 Major Generals for offences contrary to service discipline.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has ordered a special court martial to try two Major Generals for offences contrary to Service Discipline.
The officers are Major General Ibrahim Sani, the former Chief of Army Transformation and Innovation Centre and Major General Patrick Falola, formerly the Commandant 68 Military Hospital, Yaba Lagos.
President of the Court, Air Vice Marshal James Gbum, while inaugurating court noted that the senior officers were to be tried pursuant to the powers of the court is derived from the Armed Forces Act.
AVM Gbum named other members of the Special Court Martial as Air Vice Marshal Iya Abdullahi, Rear Admiral Peter Agba, Surgeon Rear Admiral Edwin Elechukwu and Colonel Saeed Musa, Judge Advocate.
Navy Captain Chris Anushiem is the Defence Counsel for Major General Ibrahim Sani while Retired Wing Commander Enokela is the Defence Counsel for Major General Falola. Lieutenant Colonel Ukpe Ukpe is the prosecution witness for the Nigerian Army.
Speaking shortly after the members of the Special Court were inaugurated, Defence Counsel, Navy Capt. Anushiem drew the attention of the President of the court, AVM Gbum, to the fact that his client Major General Sani was not served copies of the charge sheet spelling out the offences committed and the list of evidence or list of witnesses.
Air Vice Marshal Gbum subsequently directed the prosecution to provide the documents to the defence counsel not later than 24 hours before the arraignment of the senior officers.
The case was then adjourned to Monday 9th May 2019 by 9 am at Mogadishu cantonment for commencement of trial.
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