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GOC and Nigerian Army officers during the inauguration of GCM in Bornu
The general officer commanding (GOC) 7 division of the Nigerian Army, Victor Ezugwu, has revealed that he has today, August 10, inaugurated a general court martial (GCM) to try four officers and 16 soldiers found wanting within the operation lafiya dole theater command in Maiduguri.
Ezugwu who spoke at the inauguration of the GCM at a ceremony in Maiduguri, said the action followed an order from the Nigerian army headquarters in Abuja.
“Following the directives from army headquarters that a standing GCM be set up for the Operation Lafiya Dole to try offence committed by personnel within the theater of operation.
“I issued a convening order for the GCM on August 5, and members were directed to assemble today for formal inauguration.
“As you are aware, discipline is the bedrock of the military profession and 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.
According to TheCable News, the GOC said four officers and 16 soldiers would face trial at the GCM.
“Justice implies that infractions of the law must be promptly reported, investigated and the accused persons prosecuted within a reasonable time through the laid down rules regulations and procedures.
“The GCM is therefore, convened to try a total of 4 officers and 16 other ranks of the Nigerian Army who have committed various offences within the Theater,” he said.
The officers to be court martialled
Ezugwu also said that the aim of a GCM was to ensure quick dispensation of justice to the accused persons.
“It must be stated at this juncture that one of the aims of a court martial is to achieve timely and quick dispensation of justice within the framework provided in relation to statue books.
“It is often said in the legal parlance that justice delayed is justice denied. For the president and members of the GCM, I enjoin you all to dispense this all important assignment in accordance with the appropriate extant laws.
“And ensure that your opinions and decisions on all the cases brought before you is not in any way beclouded with bias, external pressure by extraneous factors.
“The outcome of the GCM must, therefore, be based on careful appreciation of the whole facts of each and evidence placed before you in the course of trial of these accused persons,” he said.