Defence spokesman Major-General Chris Olukolade

Defence spokesman Major-General Chris Olukolade

The Defence Headquarters on Tuesday, said no general in the Nigerian Army was under court-martial.

This information was contained in a statement issued in Abuja and signed by Major General Chris Olukolade, Director of Defence Information.

The statement said DHQ wishes to state categorically that there is no truth whatsoever in the report published in a section of the media.

It said that the report claimed that an army court martial had tried 15 senior officers including ten generals for aiding terrorists.

The story published in some dailies and propagated by some online media is very unfortunate and meant to do maximum damage to the image of Nigerian Army and its personnel.

“This falsehood had previously been refuted when it first reared its head but those concocting it appear hell bent on misleading Nigerians and the international community.

“It has become inevitable to reassure the general public that any ongoing disciplinary process or trial will be made public when necessary.

“After all, court martial issues in the Nigerian army are not known to be secret undertakings as it is on record that previous proceedings and outcome had been made public.”

The statement cautioned those who have decided to make past time out of sensationalising and fabricating sensitive security issues to desist from it.

It said it was bad enough for the army to try and convict a single general for such a grievous offence as alleged in the reports let alone 10 generals.

According to the statement, the army remains a serious professional and responsible institution that cannot be associated with such incredulous report.

“The general public is, therefore, implored to discountenance the report as the handiwork of those who do not mean well for the country and her armed forces.

“Disciplinary processes being undertaken in any formation of the army are at best routines and definitely not at the level that has been so willfully exaggerated for clearly sinister motives.

“For emphasis, there is no general of the Nigerian Army under any form of trial.”