On Monday, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Fidelis Azinta, has inaugurated a General Court Martial (GCM) to try nine erring personnel of the division.
Azinta stated this in a statement that was sent to DAILY POST by Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Hassan Ifijeh Mohammed.
Azinta, while addressing members of the panel held at the Tiger Officers’ Mess, Agodi, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, enjoined members of the GCM to base the Court Martial on due process and in conformity with extant civil and military laws especially the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Armed Forces Act.
He said: “In view of this, members of the court are expected to painstakingly ensure that every step or action taken in the trial process is in conformity with the provisions of the laws.
“The president and members of this GCM have been carefully appointed considering their ranks, seniority, general service knowledge and wealth of experience to ensure fair trial and enhance the course of justice. They are men of integrity and character, therefore I have no doubt in their ability to dispense justice fairly.
“It is equally important to recall that both Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution as amended and Section 122 of the Armed Forces Act 2004, emphasize that expeditious and speedy trial provides basis for trial. This is one of the advantages of a GCM, this advantage will be lost if we allow delays on unnecessary technicalities to characterize the day to day proceedings of the court.”