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.
– CAJ News