Army denies executing 6 soldiers, says secret trials not Nigerian military culture

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Four of the six allegedly executed. Prince Ukwuoma (in Army uniform rifle), Ebube Isaiah (in Army uniform rifle), Moses Anyim (in civilian cap) and Godwin Uchendu (in passport) 

ABUJA – The Nigerian Army it is not part of its tradition, nor a culture of the Nigerian military to secretly try erring and officers.

This is just as a Army officer, has also debunked a that six Igbo Christian were secretly executed on 25 January 2021, on the instruction of the immediate-past (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.

The claimed that the alleged six were denied legal representation, before their execution, after a hasty secret trial.

PRNigeria gathered that a coalition of human rights activists from South-East had alleged in a press statement that the victims were Igbo Christian soldiers attached to the Armoury Department of the Nigerian Army, in Abacha Barracks, Abuja.

The activists gave the names of those ‘secretly’ executed as Prince Ukwuoma, son of a ruler; Ebube Isaiah, Amos Azubuike, Ekene Ebere, Moses Anyim and Godwin Uchendu.

But in a chat PRNigeria, a very military intelligence officer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, described the as false and malicious.

He said nothing like that truly happened, adding that a general court-martial set to try erring soldiers or Army officers is normally constituted and announced publicly.

According to him, a court-martial of the Army must have a and other members, who conducts trial publicly, and not in secret.

“Which court-martial are they referring to? When was it constituted? Who was the and who were the other members of the court-martial? Where were the six soldiers executed? Can they show us their graves?

“There is secret trial in the military, in general. If secret trials were not conducted by the Army for its erring soldiers and officers during military regimes, how then can that be possible now, under a democratic rule?

“We have witnessed instances were even erring Army general have been publicly tried at various court-martials, which were also legally constituted. So, why should a secret trial be held for ‘ordinary’ soldiers,” he said.

By PRNigeria