By Taye Obateru
Jos â€” Five members ofÂ Â the special task force maintaining peace in Plateau State, known as Operation Safe Haven, are to be court-martialed for various alleged offences including negligent use of fire arms, assault and acts contrary to their professional code.
Inaugurating the General Court Martial at the Maxwel Kobe Cantonment Rukuba, yesterday, General Officer Commanding 3 Armoured Division, Major-General Saleh Maina, said more of those found wanting would be arraigned as soon as investigations were concluded.
He described Court Martial as a well organised military judicial system with lawyers on hand to ensure that things were done fairly and justly.
He said it was not unusual to find some people stepping out of line in any operation like Operation Safe Haven, adding that what was important was for erring soldiers to be investigated accordingly while the grievous case goes through Court Martial.
President of the Court Martial, Col. Abel Okperiki, said the move became necessary following complaints received by the GOC on the activities of those affected and urged others on the panel to see the assignment as a test of their integrity.
He stressed the importance of prosecutors to facilitate the trial and ensure that the purpose of setting up the Court Martial was achieved.
There had been allegations of extra-judicial killings or maltreatment of civilians by some members of the military task force which the military hierarchy hadÂ promised would be investigated.