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Army Bars Coverage Of Two Major Generals’ Trial

Channels Television  
Updated May 9, 2016

Court Martial, Army major generals Nigerian journalists have been barred from covering the proceedings of the trial of two major generals being court-martialled in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The trial of a former Chief of Army Transportation and Innovation Centre, Major General Ibrahim Sani and a former commander of 68 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Yaba, Major General Patrick Falola had continued on Monday without any media house covering it.

Offences

The Nigerian Army on May 5 inaugurated a court martial to try the two top military officers for violation of service discipline.

The panel include Air Vice Marshal James Gbum who is President of the Court, while Air Vice Marshal Iya Abdullahi and Rear Admiral Peter Agba are members of the panel.

Surgeon Rear Admiral Edwin Enechukwu is a waiting member and Colonel Sa’ad Musa is Judge Advocate.

Although, the offences were not read in court, according to sources the accused are said to be facing charges that border on conduct unbecoming of military officers punishable under the Armed Forces Act.

The spokesman of Mogadishu Cantonment Abuja, Colonel Ali Yusuf, said reporters were not allowed to cover the trial to avoid jeopardising the army’s operations.

“They will be briefed about the outcome of the cases later,” he added.