Military Court Jails Soldier 18 Months

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The Military Court-Martial of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, Borno State has sentenced a soldier to 18 months imprisonment for disobedience to orders in the war against insurgency.

Private Mac Chukwu allegedly refused to submit 89 rounds of 7.2 mm special ammunition after an operation on April 7, 2016.
He was said to have been arrested by the police on routine checks at a motorpark in Maiduguri while travelling with the ammunition after securing a pass from his commander to travel.

The court said the accused admitted that he was arrested at Tarson Kano in Maiduguri with 89 rounds of 7.2 mm ammunition contrary to Section 103 sub-section 2 Armed Forces Act.
He was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.

He was, however, acquitted for the second count of prejudice of service discipline on the ground that the first offence has taken care of the second.

Three other officers including two Majors and a captain were convicted for 18 months and two years “forfeiture of seniority” having abandoned their duty positions and withdrew their troops “without authorisation, being regularly relieved or permited to do so.”

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