Nigerian soldier who criticized Buhari Charged to court

A Lance Corporal in the Nigerian Army, Idakpini Martins, is set to face court-martial following his transfer from the Federal Capital Territory to Sokoto State.

It would be useful to recall that Mr Martins in a published video criticized the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, and well as President Muhammadu Buhari’s handling of the Boko Haram crisis.

Premium Times report that the soldier’s lawyer, Tope Akinyode, disclosed the transfer on Saturday.

A senior army officer who asked not to be named also confirmed the transfer saying the army did so because Mr Martins committed his ‘offence in Sokoto’.

The source said the soldier will likely face the court-martial on Monday (Today).

Corporal Martins was arrested on June 20 after he published a video online, blaming Buratai and President Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly failing to provide adequate resources to soldiers combating Boko Haram insurgents.

He was detained in Abuja and denied legal representation for a month until Mr Akinyode, a rights lawyer, approached a Federal High Court, Abuja to file a rights violation lawsuit.

On July 22, Justice A. I. Chikere reportedly allowed Corporal Martins to see his lawyer and relative. He held that the Nigerian Army’s action is against the detained soldier’s fundamental human rights.

Despite the court order, the Nigerian army reportedly refused, on several occasions to allow Mr Martins the right to see his lawyer, friends and family.

On Saturday, Mr. Akinyode told journalists that Mr. Martins would be tried before a court-martial in Sokoto on Monday (Today).

He alleged that the army “is forcing a lawyer from within the military on Lance Corporal Martins in a desperate attempt to jeopardize the case and wrongly convict the detained soldier.”

“Lance Corporal Martins has been brutalized and subjected to a great deal of dehumanizing treatment. He was also denied food and has therefore developed Ulcer,” he said.

He said efforts are ongoing to resist the move by the army.



– Dailytimes

About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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