Major Akeem Oseni, an officer in the Nigerian Army, who escaped from court premises after being convicted by a General Court Martial in Abuja for killing a colleague, has been arrested in Benin Republic.
Oseni, who is one of three army personnel sentenced to 10 years jail on Friday, over the death of a Lance Corporal, Benjamin Collins, was arrested on Monday at the Cotonou International Airport around 2.00pm.
It was gathered that some soldiers have been detained, and are being questioned by the army headquarters Garrison, in relation to how Oseni escaped in the first instance.
Oseni had told officials of the General Court Martial in Command Mess, Asokoro, that he was going to use the toilet before he escaped.
The army launched a manhunt for the officer, and sent a signal to all its units and formations, including the police and the Department of State Services (DSS), to arrest him.
The other two army personnel, who were sentenced alongside Oseni are; Major Ogbemudia Osawe and Second Lieutenant Nuhu Dogary.
An official statement from the army, on Monday, confirmed that the major was arrested in Benin Republic.
“The escapee officer has been arrested in the Cotonou International Airport around 2pm while waiting to board a Cote D’Ivoire airline by 5pm to the United States; same is currently in the custody of the Benin Republican Force and awaiting international protocols for repatriation back to Nigeria,” the statement said.
The PUNCH reports that one captain and a lieutenant have been detained for allegedly allowing Oseni escape.
“The fugitive major was arrested in Benin Republic. Two officers were immediately detained after his escape from the court on Friday.
“A board of inquiry has also been set up by the army to investigate the circumstances surrounding Oseni’s escape. The board is expected to commence sitting immediately,” the publication quoted a military source as saying.