3 Aug 2015

Nigerian Army to review disciplinary action against soldiers

The Nigerian Army has said that it will be reviewing some of the disciplinary and court martials, especially those handled under the immediate past Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-General Kenneth Minimah (rtd).

The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, in a statement yesterday, made this clarification in response to reports regarding the recent disciplinary actions by the army.
“The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a correspondence making the rounds in some media regarding an administrative procedure to review some recent disciplinary cases in the Nigerian Army.

“For the avoidance of doubt, it should be noted that the Nigerian Army is reviewing all recent disciplinary cases due to the wave of litigations and petitions by some aggrieved personnel,” Usman said.
According to him, the public should not misconstrue the recent directive to mean total recall of dismissed and deserter soldiers.

Minimah made discipline through the court martials one of his cardinal strategies to restore confidence and professionalism during his time in the service, a strategy his successor, Major-General Tukur Buratai, has vowed to sustain.

The former COAS had during his handover to Buratai attributed his achievements to the collective efforts of the Nigerian Armed Forces and the discipline he instituted within the rank and file of the Nigerian Army through the court martial processes across the country.

Credit: ThisDay

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