Nigerian Army Court-martials 10 Generals, 5 Others For Helping Boko Haram

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This was made known on Monday by a high
ranking military
source who pleaded anonymity because he was
not obligated to
disclose detailed information about the
development.
It was gathered that the Army and the Defence
headquarters had
alleged that some of their officers and men were
giving vital
official information to Boko Haram members. The
allegation,
however, brought about the arrest and arraignment
of some
officers who were court-martial in the army
divisions in the
northern part of the country.
According to the source, some of the apprehended
officers and
men were being tried at their various division
levels, adding that
they still have a lot of hope until the final review of
their
judgment at the army headquarters in Abuja.
“There are a lot of arrests that have been made
over some officers
who were sabotaging the ongoing counter-
insurgency
operations. The suspects include about 10
generals and other
ranks, not to talk of soldiers who have been found
culpable of
sabotaging our operations. They are facing trial
before court-
martials set up by their divisions; some have been
found guilty,
and some are still facing trial. Once the court
martial rule, the
recommendations are forwarded to the Army
Headquarters or
Defence Headquarters as the case may be,” the
source said.
Other high ranking officer, who didn’t want his
name in print,
revealed that four senior officers have been found
guilty for
being disloyal and working for the terrorists.
“Four generals have been court-martialed for
divulging high-
class security information to the members of the
sect. They were
found guilty of leaking military strategies to the
Boko Haram
people. This was why many soldiers have been
ambushed and
killed by the Boko Haram,” the source said.
“They have been found guilty of also collaborating
with some
top politicians in the country to make the country
ungovernable
for selfish reasons. A lot of re-organisation is
going on in the
military. Many generals will go. Some will be
court-martialed
and some will be forcefully retired.
“The movement of our troops in the north-east
have been leaked
to the Boko Haram by many of our colleagues, but
the Defence
headquarters has realized that and is seriously
considering
redeployment of some senior officers out of the
north-east” he
added.
Meanwhile, the sources declined to disclose the
identities of the
generals who were involved in this treasonable
crime, but it was,
however, gathered that most of them were from a
particular
section of the country.
It would be recalled that the army on September
19, 2013, hinted
that its 3 Division had set up a general martial
court to try erring
officers and soldiers. The former director, army
public relations,
Brigadier General Ibrahim Attahiru, who made the
announcement
then, noted that the new court would instill
discipline and
professionalism in its personnel as ordered by the
Army
Headquarters.
The court which is under General Commanding
Officer
Ebiobowei Awala was set up on April 22 at Rhino
Officers Mess,
Maxwell Khobe Cantonment, Jos. The court has so
far tried nine
soldiers for offences like murder and
manslaughter. It couldn’t
not be ascertained if it was the same court that
court -martialed
the erring generals as efforts to get confirmation
from the
Defence Headquarters’ spokesperson, Major
General Chris
Olukolade, proved abortive.
Another serving general in the DHQ, who also
requested
anonymity said: “A lot is happening. Those
suspected are being
tried, and this is why it is difficult to confirm or
deny the story.
But whenever the final verdicts are taken on these
trials, the
press would be briefed by the appropriate officers.”
Source http://m.naij.com/news/67472.html

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