The General Court Martial sitting in Abuja to try the General Officer Commanding 8 division Sokoto, Major Gen Hakeem Oladapo Otiki has found him guilty on all five counts and ordered his dismissal from service.
The martial Court presided by Lt. Gen Lamidi Adeosun among other things found General Otiki guilty of theft of public property, disobedience to service orders.
It pronounced the following punishments among others, dismissal from service with disgrace and dishonour, reduction in rank from Major General to Brig General, and severe reprimand.
The Court also ordered that all monies totalling #135.8million, recovered by the Special Investigation Bureau be returned to the treasury of the Nigerian Army.
It ordered that another #150million stolen money which could not be accounted for, should also be returned to the treasury of the Nigerian Army.
It added that all the sentences are subject to the approval of the military council
Earlier in his final submission, the lead counsel for Major General Otiki, Barr. Israel Olorundare, SAN, pleaded the Court to tamper justice with mercy saying it’s not ideal to use a bullet to kill an ant
His counsel reminded the court how disciplined and resourceful Otiki was which took him to his high rank in the army.
He told the court that the Nigeria Army obtained their NNPC licence through the effort of Otiki and other great achievements he was able to convince them with
Regarding the various counts, the Senior Advocate said, in Count1, the accused senior officer returned the sum of #100million to the authorities which was stolen by the soldiers detailed to escort the money to Kaduna.
On Count 2, he said it was proved that some of the projects for which the sum of #150million was released to the accused senior officer were either completed or are ongoing and workers are still on site.
After the court pronouncements and sentences, the Senior Advocate said the Defence will make a representation to the appropriate authority to know that General Otiki is not the one that robbed the money and he was the one who reported the incident