The President of the Court-Martial, Brigadier General Olusegun Adeniyi, gave the caution on Wednesday during the trial of four officers and 16 others charged for various malpractices in the course of the counter-insurgency war.
General Adeniyi, who read the riot act to the prosecuting and defence counsels, noted that he would conclude the trials within the shortest possible time.
He has adjourned sitting till September 5.
The adjournment followed a plea by the prosecutors, who failed to furnish the court with details of charges against the erring soldiers.
The Defence counsel, Steve Ogeyni, also made a bail application for the accused, who has spent between six to 18 months in detention, a request the court denied.
The acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Major General Victor Ezugwu, who inaugurated the Court Martial, said that the aim was to achieve timely and quick dispensation of justice.
General Ezugwu had appealed to the prosecutors and accused to avoid antics such as frivolous call for adjournment to cause unnecessary delay.
He also advised the court to avoid being biased and decisions based on external pressure, such that the judgement passed stands the test of Appellate Court and public opinion.
The acting GOC disclosed that the offences of those arraigned varies from theft and sales of ammunition to murder in the course of operations.