The Nigerian Army will now court-martial Lance Corporal Martins Idakpini in Sokoto State, according to a report by SaharaReporters.
Popularly known as Corporal Martins, Mr Idakpini was arrested in June 2020 just shortly after he made a viral video castigating Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Burutai, for the failings of the Nigerian Army to combat and destroy Boko Haram terrorists who have in recent times slaughtered many soldiers amid reports of demorale in the Military.
In a notice on Monday titled “Amendment Number 6”, army authorities officially announced its readiness to court-martial Corporal Martins.
The notice reads in part,
“Amendment Number 6. To the covening order for the general court-martial onvened by Brigadier General A. Bande (N/8554) Psc, TSCN, NNI, Bsc, (HO), MIAD, Acting General Officer, Commanding, 8th Division Nigerian Army Pursuant to S 131 (2) (d) of the Armed Forces Act, Cap 820 LFN 2004.
“Further to reference A-G, the further convening authority has authorised the following amendments.
“(A) GCM awaiting member. Maj. I Akbuanwara (N/11493) is to replace Maj. OO Oni (N/12578) as GCM awaiting member.
“(B) Accused persons – include; 11NA/66/8655 Lance Corporal Idakpini Martins, 13NA/70/7733 Lance Corporal Inusa and 17NA/76/3646 Private Abubakar Abdullahi on the list of accused persons in paragraph of reference.”
Back in July 22, 2020, an Abuja Federal High Court actually ordered the army to grant Idakpini immediate access to his lawyer and family after human rights lawyer, Mr Tope Akinyode, argued an exparte; intervening in his case.