The trial of senior military officers for acts of mutiny during the capture of Baga in Borno State by Boko Haram insurgents, began yesterday with the officers pleading not guilty to the charges levelled against them.
The officers include Brig-Gen J.O. Komolafe, Cols A. Laguda, V. Ebhaleme, V.O. Ita, I.B. Maina, I. A Aboi, I.M Kabir, M.H. Abubakar, A. A. Egbejule, N. N. Orok, C. A. Magaji, A.O. Agwu, A.J.S. Gulani, O.O. Obolo and A.M. Adetuyi.
Others are Major M.M. Idris, Captains M. Adamu, O. A. Adenaike, M. Gidado, M.M. Clark and S. Raymond, and 2nd Lt S.O. Olowa.
The trial, which was earlier postponed three times in a row, finally commenced behind closed doors and amidst tight security at the officers’ mess of the 9th Brigade Headquarters, Ikeja, Lagos.
The 22officers were arrested and indicted for alleged mutiny during the war against the insurgents in the Northeast.
Counsel to one of the officers on trial, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), told journalists that he was not at the trial venue since the case involving his client, General Komolafe, was not going to be heard.
He added that the military authorities had assured him that they would inform him when his client’s case would come up.
The rights activist also admitted representing Brig-Gen Ransome Kuti, though he declined to speak on the matter, since, according to him, his client’s case had not come up.