Authorities of the Nigerian Army have again postponed the court-martial of a Brigadier General and 21 other top army officers till the end of the month.
The 22 officers are being prosecuted for alleged offences committed during the ongoing war against Boko Haram insurgents in the North-east.
The officers were identified as Brigadier-General J.O Komolafe; 14 Colonels – A. Laguda, V. Ebhaleme, V.O. Ita, and I.B. Maina, I. A Aboi, I.M Kabir, M.H. Abubakar, A. A. Egbejule, N. N. Orok, C. A. Magaji, A.O. Agwu, A.J.S. Gulani, O.O. Obolo and A.M. Adetuyi.
Others are Major M.M Idris; five Captains – M Adamu, O. A. Adenaike, M. Gidado, M.M. Clark and S. Raymond and one Second Lieutenant, S.O Olowa.
The court-martial which was earlier scheduled to commence yesterday at the 9th Brigade Headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos State was in the evening postponed for unknown reasons.
However, Lagos lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana, the defence lawyer of the 22 army officers, said he had asked the authority to grant them bail pending when the military authority is ready to prosecute them.
He said there was no point detaining the suspects when the charges against the suspects are not yet ready.
Asked whether the suspects would not abscond, he said, “They won’t abscond because they want to defend themselves and clear their names.”
The court martial was earlier scheduled to begin on January 16 but it was postponed because the said brigadier general was not available.
Although journalists were denied access to the court-martial room, yesterday’s postponement would be third time in a roll since the army authority made known its intension to hold the trial in Lagos.