Trial of 14 soldiers begins in Nigerian state

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LAGOS, June 17 (Xinhua/GNA)  –  A trial of 14 soldiers accused

of kidnapping, murder and desertion, among other offences, began

Saturday in Nigeria’s Rivers State.

   General Officer Commanding Army 6 Division, Port Harcourt,

Maj.-Gen. Jamil Sarham told reporters that the suspects,

including an army major and two captains, are officers and

soldiers of 6 Division.

   The offenses for which the accused persons are being tried

range from murder to attempted murder, kidnapping and desertion,

Sarham said.

   Others are offenses in relation to public and service

property, disobedience to standing orders and conduct to the

prejudice to service discipline, he added.

   According to Sarham, the trial is not only aimed at

prosecuting the suspects but also discouraging others from

indulging in criminality.  

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