Army debunks secret trial and dismissal of 203 soldiers

By Post Nigeria January 3, 2015 20:30

Army debunks secret trial and dismissal of 203 soldiers

The Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Olajide Laleye has said the Nigerian Army does not conduct any secret trial of officers and soldiers.

The Brigadier General on Friday said that it was embarrassing to say that the army conducted night trials and dismissed over 203 soldiers.

He said,

“As I speak to you, I don’t know where such secret trail was conducted and how the story of 203 soldiers came about, maybe the writer conducted the trial.”

This clarification became necessary against allegations that the army secretly tried 203 soldiers overnight during the week and dismissed them for acts of mutiny.

The report also quoted the dismissed soldiers who spoke on the condition of anonymity that they were dismissed “for asking for support equipment, following the army’s alleged plan to convey them in a tipper for an operation in Bama and Gwoza, two strongholds of Boko Haram insurgents.

According to the General, “the army conducts its trails in line with laid down procedures and the suspects choose their own lawyers to represent them.”

To set the record right, he said, “the army does not do any illegal trial and whatever it does is according to the law.”