14 cadets have been dismissed from the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA), after they were tried and found guilty of varying number of offences, including examination malpractice, acts of misconduct and indiscipline.
The NDA is a degree awarding institution for the military and also runs postgraduate programs.
It was gathered on Tuesday that, 13 were dismissed while one was demoted from 400 level to 300 level.
It read, “Today being May 15, 2020, at 13:04 hours, NDA Commandant, Maj. Gen. Jamil Sarham, tried 14 cadets on various offences; 13 were dismissed from the academy while one was relegated from the fourth termer (400 level) to three.
“The dismissed cadets have handed over all their military kits to the military police and the process of handing them over to their next-of-kin commenced at 18:06 hours. They exited without hitches.”
The dismissed cadets were not given a chance for a court trial, even though the law states that they are entitled to one.
The Examination Malpractice Act 33 of 1999 stipulates punishment ranging from a fine of N50,000 to N100,000 and imprisonment for a term of three to four years with or without an option of fine.
The Defence spokesman, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, could not be reached for comment on why the dismissed cadets were not prosecuted as he did not respond to calls and SMS.