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Soldiers face court martial for manslaughter

An undisclosed number of soldiers serving with the Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) in Plateau State are to face court martial over alleged  manslaughter, prejudice of…

An undisclosed number of soldiers serving with the Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) in Plateau State are to face court martial over alleged  manslaughter, prejudice of service discipline and other offences.
OPSH Commander, Major General Tagbo Ude, while inaugurating the Court Martial at the 3rd Armoured Division of the Nigerian Army in Rukuba, Bassa LGA of Plateau State yesterday, described the court martial as the only apparatus put in place by the armed forces to discipline erring personnel.‬
“The offences the accused persons are being tried for are punishable under the Armed Forces Act CAP A 20 Laws of Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004‬”, he said.
‪He said that justice would be done on the entire trial, adding that   the case against each accused person had been  thoroughly investigated.  The OPSH commander urged members of the court martial to be just and fair in the conduct of the trial by ensuring that each accused person is given a fair trial and maintained that the trial was not just for the guilty to be punished, but to serve as deterrent to others.‬
‪”Justice is a three way traffic-justice for the accused, victim and to the state.‬ I must state categorically that the accused persons are presumed innocent until proved guilty by this court”, he said.

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