Soldiers in the Nigerian Army who were recently sentenced to death by a military court martial have initiated contempt proceedings against the Chief of Army Staff over non-release of the record of proceedings that convicted and sentenced them to death.
Counsel to the soldiers, Chief Godwin Obla (SAN), noted that since the soldiers were sentenced to death by a military court martial, the military had not been cooperating in efforts to get relevant documents to challenge the judgment that sentenced them to death.
He said contempt proceeding had been initiated at the court to make sure the military complies with the order of the court that asked them to make available the record of proceedings at the military court martial.
Obla said, “We’ve filed a motion for contempt since they refused to comply with court order. We applied for the release of the record of proceedings at the special court that sentenced them to death but they have not complied. We will give them the benefit of the doubt that they will comply now that there is a new leadership in place in the military.”
Obla however declined comments on recent statements by the immediate past chief of defence staff (CDS), Alex Badeh that he led an Ill-equipped military, saying it would be prejudicial to comment on the issue since the matter is still before the Court of Appeal.