Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister for Justice, has debunked allegations that he is shielding soldiers implicated in the Wadume case from trial.
Speaking to State House correspondents on Wednesday, Malami said the soldiers would have to be processed according to the law guiding their profession.
According to the Minister, the military must conduct an in-house process before being could released for prosecution.
Malami said: “Now, coming to the issue of the soldiers, it is important for you to note that within the context of the Nigerian law, there are certain provisions that are exclusive to the military within the context of law on court-martial and then, the internal discipline associated with the military.
“The soldiers can now be charged before court-martial, and then for the military to release their personnel for prosecution, ordinarily, there are in-house processes and procedures that are to be consummated. So those that are handy for the purpose of prosecution cannot be held in custody for unduly longer period of time on the account of the absence of the military.
“So that is how the idea of severing the charge to allow those that are handy to stand their trail arose.
“That does not mean that by any means that the military are shielded and cannot be prosecuted. But if they have to be prosecuted, they have to be prosecuted within the context of the law. What is the law here? They are military personnel, first they are to go through the in-house processes.”