Alleged N400m Theft: Ex-Army GOC Rejects Adeosun As Head Of Court Martial

The former General Officer Commanding (GOC) 8 division, of the Nigerian Army, Sokoto, Major General Hakeem Otiki, on Tuesday rejected Lieutenant General Lamidi Adeosun to preside over a Court Martial set up to try him.

The former GOC is being tried for alleged theft of N400million.

He made this known through his lawyer, Retired Major Femi Oyebanji, who said General Adeosun presiding over the Court Martial will be prejudiced and not ensure a fair trial.

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Among other reasons, counsel to General Otiki said it was a fact that the defendant conducted several operations that were directly under the office of the President of the Court Martial, Adeosun which are operations that will come up during the trial.

According to the counsel, this makes the President an interested party.

He also added that the defendants inherited the soldiers that were under the command of the President when he was in charge of Division 8 and some of those soldiers will come up as witnesses on the case.

He, therefore, asked the President to recuse himself from the trial.

Major-general Otiki is alleged to have ordered five soldiers to escort the sum of N400 million from Sokoto to Kaduna State to a Very Important Person (VIP).

The said soldiers were alleged to have absconded with the money.

Journalists were later sent out during the trial when the prosecutor was making his submission.

So, as at the time of filing this report, it is not clear whether the President of the Court Martial will recuse himself or not.

Chibok Girls Rescue: Wahab Stresses Need To Follow Every Lead

Garba Wahab, Chibok girlsFormer Chief of Army Administration, Major General Garba Wahab (Rtd), has stressed the need to follow every lead in the search for the missing Chibok girls.

General Wahab made the emphasis on Tuesday while calling for synergy among those making efforts to rescue the over 200 secondary school girls abducted from their school’s dormitory in Chibok community of Borno State, northeast Nigeria.

A Firm Commitment

“No information should be left unfollowed. All leads should be followed and to do that, there must be a firm commitment from everybody and everybody must be under one command,” he stressed.

The retired senior army officer highlighted that the insurgents had two advantages, saying that the military should leverage on them.

“We need to understand that Boko Haram has two advantages; one, time.

“Any terrorist organisation has the advantage of time on its side, the government does not and two, they know that we are not too sure of the figure we are actually looking for.

“So they play on those two advantages they have (and) we need to narrow down the advantages so that we’ll move on,” he said.

A Single Umbrella

The former GOC, One Division pointed out that above all, the security agencies “must work as one under a single umbrella”.

General Wahab urged the military to put the released video showing the missing girls in a proper perspective.

“The video could have been shot a long time ago.

“It could be a reaction to the fact that Albarnawi had now been made the leader of Boko Haram in Nigeria by ISIS,” said the former Director of Army Operations on Sunrise Daily.