Instilling discipline, OPHK theater Command inaugurates Special Court Martial
By Madu Mohammed,, Maiduguri
In it’s efforts to ensure discipline among the troops of of the theater Command Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) of the Nigerian Military, the command has inaugurated Special Court Martial to trail erring officers and soldiers within the command according to rules of encampment.
Inaugurating the Court Martial at the Officers Mess of the Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri on Thursday,, the theater Commander Northeast Operation Hadin Kai, Major General Christopher Musa said ” I wish to welcome you all to the Officer’s Mess, venue for the inauguration of Special Court Martial . you will recalled that 3 Court Martial were inaugurated on 9th October, 2021 and the court disposed about 227 cases Out of which, 107 cases were recommended for summary trial, while 220 cases have been concluded .some of the accused persons were convicted and awarded various punishments in accordance with the provision Armed Forces Act CAP A20 LFN 04″
The theater Commander said ” the inauguration of this is nothing but a normal Command responsibility placed on me as the theater Commander by Section 131(2d) of the Armed Forces Act CAP A20, LFN”.
“The Military as an institution is known for maintenance of discipline while discharging our constitutional duties. The operational efficacy
of the troops is guaranteed when the value of discipline is upheld. This inform the decision to inaugurate this Special Court Martial under my command this morning to continue with the leftover cases in the Theatre in the spirit of Justice delayed is Justice denied,” the theater Commander stated.
General Musa said ” I wish to conclude this remarks with the words of Justice Oputa of blessed memory that “Justice is not a one way traffic, it is not for the accused only, Justice is not only even a two way traffic. It is really justice for the accused, justice for the victim and finally, justice for the system, which laws has been broken.” With these few remarks, it is my privilege to declare that today Thursday, 23 Jun 22 the Special Court Martial is hereby inaugurated”,
The Court I am about to inaugurate today is to try the left over cases by the dissolved courts and some recent established cases involving personnel for professional misconduct.”, General Musa added.
He assured the accused persons of leveled play ground, stressing that nobody should have any reason to fear , as the Court will carry out its proceedings in accordance with the provision of extents rules and regulations.
In his welcome address, the Chief of Staff to the theater command, Brigadier General, Musa Sadiq said the gathering was to witnessed the inauguration of Special Court martial by the convening authority.
Speaking earlier, the Judge Advocate of the Special Court Martial, Squadron Leader, Audi Satomi said the court will trial the left of the General Court Martial 1,2 and Special Court Martial that were constituted in October, 2021 which were dissolved in April, 2022.
Today marks inauguration of another court martial to continuation with the pending cased left out by the dissolved courts and some recent established cases involving officers SBD soldiers of the theater “, Satomi said.