The Nigerian army has said a total of 509 officers and soldiers are said to be facing separate courts martial for offences relating to conspiracy, disobedience to lawful orders, neglect and mutiny, reports say.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, said this in Abuja on Wednesday, May 20.
He said 473 officers and soldiers are standing trial at the General Court Martial sitting at the Army Headquarters Garrison Command in Abuja, while 106 officers and soldiers are facing another General Court Martial at 81 Division in Lagos.
Usman said the separate court martial is to enable fast dispensation of justice, discipline and professionalism, noting that the accused soldiers and officers will have fair hearing.
He added that so far, 66 officers and soldiers have been sentenced to death by the various court martial, set up by the Army High Command to try officers and soldiers, who flouted military laws and went against the order of battle