Major-General Hakeem Otiki has been dismissed from the Nigerian Army with “disgrace and dishonour” after he was found guilty of five-count charge bordering on the theft of N400 million.
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His sentence was passed by the Nigerian Army court martial sitting at the army headquarters garrison in Abuja on Monday night.
A part of his sentence include a reduction of his rank to brigadier general with two years seniority on count three and severe reprimand on count four.
The panel also ordered that various sums of money, including $6,600, said to have been recovered from him be returned to the coffers of the Nigerian army.
The sentence of the court martial, headed by Lamidi Adeosun, a lieutenant-general, is subject to approval by the army council.
The major general was charged under the armed forces act (AFA) after soldiers in his detail reportedly stole money estimated to be N400 million.
His trial started in September, 2019 amid intense drama at the sitting in Abuja.
He was the General Officer Commanding of the Nigerian Army 8 Division in Sokoto who sent some soldiers to transport some cash to Kaduna by road from where it would be taken to Abuja. A military aircraft was said to be waiting in Kaduna but the soldiers plotted to steal the money during a stop in Kaduna and subsequently deserted the army.
Otiki was then arrested after the theft and placed under house arrest until his trial by the court-martial.
His counsel, Femi Oyebanjo, a retires major, had objected to his client’s prosecution under Adeosun, saying the pair are not on good terms. He said this would affect his client’s oportunity f a fair hearing.