Friday, June 26, 2020

Bereft of honour

[H]e becomes a persona non grata as he would have no atom of respect within military circles. He would be bereft of any honour (sic).

The Daily Trust (Nigeria) reports on a GO's court-martial.
Last week Wednesday, the General Court Martial of the Nigerian Army found Major General Hakeem Oladapo Otiki guilty on five counts of disobedience to service orders, theft of public property, diversion of operational money and engaging in private businesses.
In July 2019, he sent five soldiers in his detail to haul some cash from Sokoto to Abuja via Kaduna. The soldiers played a fast one on him and fled with the money.
Based on the overwhelming evidence against General Otiki, his lead counsel, Barrister Israel Olorundare (SAN), in his submission, pleaded for clemency and urged the Nigerian Army to temper justice with mercy. The Senior Advocate of Nigeria told the court that the accused senior officer had returned the sum of N100million,  which was stolen by the soldiers detailed to escort the money to Kaduna and that some of the projects for which the sum of N150million was released to General Otiki were either completed or about to be completed.

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