Mutiny trial of Brig.-Gen. Ransome-Kuti, 29 other top Army officers set to begin in Abuja

Posted by News Express | 12 May 2015 | 4,023 times

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The Nigerian Army has ordered 30 of its top officers to proceed to the Army Headquarters Garrison in Abuja to face a judicial panel reportedly over their conduct and performances in the ongoing war against Boko Haram. According to an internal army memo dated March 11, 2015 the officers are to be court-martialed for various offences. The memo listed 30 senior officers who were instructed to depart their current posting and head for the Army Headquarters garrison for “jurisdiction”.

The specific offences for which each of the officers is to be tried was not stated but military insiders say it has to do with their conduct in the fight against the Boko Haram extremist group. Among those listed in the document is Enitan Ransome-Kuti, a Brigadier General and commander of the Multi National Joint Task Force, who has been blamed for the loss of Baga in January. The brigadier general, his chief of staff, Lieutenant Colonel GA Suru, and some other senior officers were arrested for failing to repel terrorists attack on the headquarters of the MNJTF.

Only one officer – a Lieutenant Colonel CA Ekeator, out of the 31 senior officers was posted from court martial at the AHQ garrison to Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, where he is Director of Studies. The posting was signed by the releasing officer, Military Secretary, II Abba, a Major General, reports Premium Times. The 30 senior officers include:

1. Brigadier General EA Ransome-Kuti, from MNJTF to AHQ garrison for jurisdiction

2. Colonel OC Ajunwa from MNJTF to AHQ garrison for jurisdiction

3. Lieutenant Colonel UG Yusuf from 202 Battalion to AHQ garrison for jurisdiction

4. Lieutenant Colonel A Haruna from 134 Battalion to AHQ garrison for jurisdiction

5. Lieutenant Colonel MO Eteng from 174 battalion to AHQ garrison for jurisdiction

6. Lieutenant Colonel MY Lawal from HQ CAR to AHQ garrison for jurisdiction

7. Lieutenant Colonel JO Ememe from 21 SERV to AHQ garrison for jurisdiction

8. Lieutenant Colonel HM Bukar from HQ 7 Division to AHQ garrison for jurisdiction

9. Lieutenant Colonel GA Suru from MNJTF to AHQ garrison for jurisdiction

10. Major AA Malgwi from MNJTF to AHQ garrison for jurisdiction

11. Major C Amah from OTD to AHQ garrison for jurisdiction

12. Major N Akpagher from 243 battalion to AHQ garrison for jurisdiction

13. Captain EE Ayegba from 101 DES to AHQ garrison for jurisdiction

14. Captain BT Bamisaiye from 525 SR to AHQ garrison for jurisdiction

15. Captain CU Okereke from AHQ DO G to AHQ garrison for jurisdiction

16. Captain EO Ogundile from STF (OP Safe Haven) to AHQ garrison for jurisdiction

17. Captain F Abajah from 134 battalion to AHQ garrison for jurisdiction

18. Captain UJ Atumeyi from 241 battalion to AHQ garrison for jurisdiction

19. Captain RG Mohammed from NASI to AHQ garrison for jurisdiction

20. Captain DY Chiwar from 174 battalion to AHQ garrison for jurisdiction

21. Captain P Dangnap from 174 battalion to AHQ garrison for jurisdiction

22. Captain JA Maku from 174 battalion to AHQ garrison for jurisdiction

23. Captain EU Omatighene from S1 list (UNAMID) to AHQ garrison for jurisdiction

24. Captain BE Alfred from MNJTF to AHQ garrison for jurisdiction

25. Lieutenant AA Tijjani from 541 BS to AHQ garrison for jurisdiction

26. Lieutenant GM Gomo from MNJTF to AHQ garrison for jurisdiction

27. Lieutenant AV Chijioke from 174 battalion to AHQ garrison for jurisdiction

28. Second Lieutenant IS Mekwunye from 149 battalion to AHQ garrison for jurisdiction

29. Lieutenant AJS Gulani (posting amended to read AHQ garrison for jurisdiction)

30. Major ES Okore (posting amended to read AHQ garrison for jurisdiction

•Text courtesy of Classic FM Lagos. Photo shows a court martial in session.


Source: News Express

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