​GENERAL COURT MARSHAL SLAMS TWO YEARS IMPRISONMENT ON SOLDIER FOR ASSAULT

The General Court Marshal (GCM) of 7 Division, Nigerian Army sitting in Maiduguri, Borno State has sentenced a soldier serving with Operation LAFIYA DOLE to two years imprisonment for assault while  another lost  seniority for prejudice to military discipline.
The soldier (name withheld) alleged to have committed the offence on a minor  was found guilty on one count charge punishable under Armed Forces Act  Cap 20, laws of the federal Republic of Nigeria as amended 2004.
Another officer of a rank of captain was demoted to the rank of second lieutenant on a one count charge of prejudice to military discpline punishable under the same act. 
Also sentenced is a navy rating who was charged with Disorderly Behaviour and Insurbodinate Behaviour bagged 6 months imprisonment on each charge which will run concurrently. 
Delivering the verdict, the president of the court , Brigadier General  OG Adeniyi say the sentence will serve as a deterrent to others. 
He admonished Officers and Soldiers to observe rules guilding arms profession saying that military all over the world is known for discipline and obedient to lawful orders. 
The GCM sentence is subject to confirmation of the  confirming authority.  The court began sitting in  August 2016 and has disposed  of 12 cases so far.

Source: KINGSLEY SAMUEL

Lieutenant Colonel

Deputy Director Army Public Relations 7 Division

Advertisements