Boko Haram attack on Baga: Military court sends Gen to prison

For failing in his duties when Islamist militants attacked the north-eastern town of Baga in January, a military court in Nigeria has sentenced General Enitan Ransome-Kuti to six months in jail for his involvement in one of the army’s worst defeats by Boko Haram.

During the attack on the north-eastern town of Baga, scores of civilians were killed when Boko Haram overran the town and seized large quantities of weapons.

General Enitan Ransome-Kuti
General Enitan Ransome-Kuti

Though a separate accusation of cowardice was dropped against General Ransome-Kuti, his lawyer said he will appeal against the judgement.

The Nigerian military with the help of regional armies has this year retaken most areas captured by Boko Haram.
The Amnesty International has said that at least 17,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since 2009, when Boko Haram launched its violent uprising to try to impose militant Islamist rule.

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