16 Soldiers To Face Charges Of “Failure To Perform Military Duty” Over Kidnapped Chibok Girls

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It seems there’s some progress being made in terms of justice for the Chibok Girls that were kidnapped almost 6 months ago. The Nigerian military has charged 16 soldiers with “Failure To Perform Military Duty” over the kidnapping incident and could face up to 2 years in prison.

Three of the soldiers are officers while the remaining 13 soldiers belong to other ranks.

According to a report by Punch Newspaper, the soldiers will appear before a military court in Maxwell Khobe Military Cantonment, Rukuba, Jos immediate after Sallah. The officers being charged are Lieutenant Col. A. O. Ojo, Capt. O. O. Ogunrinde, 2nd Lieutenant V.I. Godknows.

According to Punch

Investigations on Monday revealed that Ojo, who was the Unit Commander, in Biu, was summoned to the GCM in relation with the conflict in the number of girls said to have been abducted by Boko Haram insurgents and those   rescued at the time of the incident.

The officer is also being charged for alleged failure to reinforce the Chibok community when the incident occurred.

It was gathered that the officers were being charged for failure to perform military duty, an offence that attracts a maximum of two years’ imprisonment.

A source, who confided in our correspondent said that the Lt. Colonel had stated that the number he gave was not the one that was used in a statement by the Defence Headquarters on the reported rescue of some of the abducted girls.

The said statement was later withdrawn.

The source said, “The Lt. Colonel is being charged for allegedly giving information without verification, negligent performance of military duty and not going to reinforce the place where the incident took place. The charge attracts a maximum of two years’ imprisonment.”

He also said that Ojo had not completely taken over from his predecessor and had complained about the number of men and equipment on the ground when the abduction took place two days after his arrival in Biu for the mission.

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