Culprit soldiers warned against delaying martial justice

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ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Nigerian Army will ensure speedy dispensation of  justice amid some 20 members of the force facing a trial at the General
Court Martial (GCM) for alleged crimes against civilians during operations
to eliminate the Boko Haram.

Acting General Officer, Victor Ezugwu, inaugurated the court at the base  of the Operation Lafiya Dole in the terror prone Maijdujguri in Borno State on Wednesday.

He said one of the aims of a court martial was to achieve timely and quick  dispensation of justice within the framework provided in relevant statute books.

He said therefore, it was important that both the Prosecution and the  Accused or their counsels strived to shun all forms of “antics” such as  request for “frivolous” adjournments which could lead to unnecessary delays in the trial processes.

“It is often said in the legal parlance that, justice delayed is justice  denied,” said Ezugwu.

He assured of a fair trial against for the unnamed suspects.

The violations have not been made public but it is believed these are  linked to outcry over the years by rights groups that army personnel had  violated the rights of civilians during operations against the Islamic  militant Boko Haram.

Ezugwu said discipline is was bedrock of the military profession.

“To have a disciplined body of officers and men, there must be justice  because it is when there is justice that discipline can be achieved,” he  said.

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