Special Court Martial Demotes Major General To Brigadier General

Patrick Falola Major General demoted to Brigadier GeneralA Special Court Martial of the Nigerian Army has demoted the Director, 68 Reference Hospital, Yaba, in Lagos State, Major General Patrick Falola, to the rank of Brigadier General.

The demotion follows the conviction of the Major General who was accused of unlawfully admitting students for clinical training without due clearance from the army headquarters.

Major General Falola is said to have admitted international students from Espan Formation University, Cotonou in Benin Republic between July and September, 2016.

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President of the Special Court Martial, Air Vice Marshal James Gbum, said the accused was found guilty of first count

Delivering judgment in the case against Major General Falola, who is also a Commander of the Armed Forces Hospital in Kano, President of the Special Court Martial, Air Vice Marshal James Gbum, sentenced the accused officer to a reduction in rank from Major General to Brigadier General on count one of the charge.

He was, however, discharged and acquitted of the second count of fraudulent misapplication of the hospital’s property.

Lawyer to Major General Falola, Wing Commander Enokela Onyilo-Uloko [Rtd], however, criticised the conviction, saying it was a premeditated attempt to taint the unblemished record of his client whom he described as a distinguished medical officer with outstanding records.

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Enokela Onyilo-Uloko says the judgment of the Special Court Martial has no legal backing

“On hearing of this kind of conviction, we know that it is based on nothing. There is no law, no instruction put on the ground by the armed forces that the senior officer needs to take permission from the higher authority before allowing such training.

“No such law or instruction was tendered in evidence, but they are saying that he should use his initiative.

“When there is no law criminalising an act, when that act is done, it does not amount to criminal offence,” the lawyer said.

He further vowed to appeal the judgment of the Special Court Martial.

However, the judgement of the Army Court Martial is subject to confirmation by the Nigerian Army Council.

 

Army Bars Coverage Of Two Major Generals’ Trial

Court Martial, Army major generals Nigerian journalists have been barred from covering the proceedings of the trial of two major generals being court-martialled in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The trial of a former Chief of Army Transportation and Innovation Centre, Major General Ibrahim Sani and a former commander of 68 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Yaba, Major General Patrick Falola had continued on Monday without any media house covering it.

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The Nigerian Army on May 5 inaugurated a court martial to try the two top military officers for violation of service discipline.

The panel include Air Vice Marshal James Gbum who is President of the Court, while Air Vice Marshal Iya Abdullahi and Rear Admiral Peter Agba are members of the panel.

Surgeon Rear Admiral Edwin Enechukwu is a waiting member and Colonel Sa’ad Musa is Judge Advocate.

Although, the offences were not read in court, according to sources the accused are said to be facing charges that border on conduct unbecoming of military officers punishable under the Armed Forces Act.

The spokesman of Mogadishu Cantonment Abuja, Colonel Ali Yusuf, said reporters were not allowed to cover the trial to avoid jeopardising the army’s operations.

“They will be briefed about the outcome of the cases later,” he added.

Army Inaugurates Court Martial To Try Two Major Generals

ArmyThe Nigerian Army has inaugurated a court martial to try two top military officers for violation of service discipline.

The two accused are Major General Ibrahim Sani, who was the Chief of Army Transformation and Innovation Centre, and Major -General Patrick Falola, who was the Commander 68 Hospital Yaba.

The President of Court and other members of the panel took turns taking oaths in the presence of the accused persons and lawyers from both the prosecution and the defence teams.

The panel include Air Vice Marshal James Gbum who is President of the Court, while Air Vice Marshal Iya Abdullahi and Rear Admiral Peter Agba are members of the panel.

Surgeon Rear Admiral Edwin Enechukwu is a waiting member and Colonel Sa’ad Musa is Judge Advocate.

Although, the offences were not read in court, according to sources the accused are said to be facing charges that border on conduct unbecoming of military officers punishable under the Armed Forces Act.