In a Jan. 21 document leaked to SaharaReporters today, the Nigerian army has announced that it will suspend the trail of soldiers who allegedly deserted counter-terrorism operations in Nigeria's north east. The postponement will mean that legal proceedings against these soldiers would be held after the 2015 general elections, and is attributed to "security reasons."
Previously, SaharaReporters learned that numerous soldiers who were being held in detention at a cantonment in Jos, capital of Plateau State, as they awaited court marshal had been re-posted to their respective former barracks for dismissal. The dismissal was reportedly done under a directive "from above." At the beginning of the year, 203 soldiers were dismissed after a secret court martial, held in the dead of the night, for allegedly disobeying a direct order from their commanding officer.
Read and view the redacted document below.