Soldier who criticised Buratai over insufficient arms to face court-martial in Sokoto

Soldier who criticised Buratai over inadequate arms to face court-martial in Sokoto
Chief of Military Employees, Gen. Tukur Buratai

The Nigerian Military has transferred the case involving Lance Corporal Idakpini Martins, from the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja to Sokoto State the place he’s to face a navy court-martial.

Recall that Lance Corporal Martins had in a video that went viral, criticised the Chief of Military Employees,   Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai, over the dealing with of the Boko Haram disaster, saying troops didn’t have commensurate weaponry to combat Boko Haram and armed bandits.


The soldier’s lawyer, Tope Akinyode, confirmed on the weekend that navy authorities had fastened the court-martial to carry in Sokoto since he was serving in Operation Hadarin Daji, Sokoto, on the time he launched the video.

A supply mentioned the soldier will face the court-martial this week, saying the trial may start immediately. Lance Corporal Idakpini was arrested on June 20, 2020, following the discharge of the video.


His lawyer mentioned he had been in detention in Abuja and had been denied authorized illustration for a month till he (lawyer) approached a Federal Excessive Courtroom, Abuja, to file a rights violation lawsuit.

On July 22, Justice A. I. Chikere ordered that Lance Corporal Martins be granted entry to his lawyer and kinfolk however the lawyer mentioned the Nigerian Military on a number of events refused to obey, therefore, denying Mr Martins the correct to see his lawyer and households.

Regarding the scheduled trial in Sokoto, Mr Akinyode alleged that the military was imposing a lawyer from inside the navy on Lance Corporal Martins, saying it was “an try to jeopardize the case and wrongly convict the detained soldier.”


The lawyer additional alleged that Lance Corporal Martins had been brutalized and subjected to a substantial amount of dehumanizing therapy, including that he was additionally denied meals whereas Idakpini had allegedly developed an ulcer.

He mentioned efforts have been ongoing to withstand the transfer by the Military as a result of, in response to him, troopers accused of violating military guidelines, if required to seem earlier than a court-martial, had the correct to decide on their very own legal professionals, together with from outdoors the Military.