Nigerian army has inaugurated a special court martial to try two Major Generals namely: Ibrahim Sani and Patrick Falola over alleged misconduct in service.
The special court martial, which commenced sitting at the Army Headquarters Garrison, Mogadishu Cantonment, Abuja is convened at the instance of the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai to try the officers.
General Sani is a former Chief of Army Transformation and Innovation Centre, while General Falola was Commander, 68 Nigeria army reference hospital, Yaba Lagos.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that this is the first time since the return of democracy in 1999, that the Nigerian Army would be court martialling senior army officers of the ranks of Major General.
The accused generals, lawyers from both the prosecution and the defence teams, were present in court during the inaugural sitting of the panel headed by Air Vice Marshal James Gbum, who alongside other members of the panel took oaths.
Other members of the court include, Air Vice Marshal Iya Abdullahi and Rear Admiral Peter Agba, while surgeon Rear Admiral Edwin Enechukwu is a waiting member and Colonel Sa’ad Musa is Judge Advocate.
After the inauguration ceremony, the President of the Court, Air Vice Marshal Gbum adjourned the case to Monday, May 9 for arraignment and commencement of trial.
The charges for which the two generals are being tried were not made public, but sources told Nigerian Pilot that the accused senior officers are being charged for misconduct punishable under the Armed Forces Act.


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