June 16, 2020
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The General Court Martial set up by the Military Council has sacked former General Officer Commanding (GOC) Major General Hakeem Otiki for N400 million theft.

The Panel chaired by Lieutenant-General Lamidi Adeosun found the former GOC guilty on all the five counts charges filed against him.

The Court Martial found him guilty on all the five-count charges against him and subsequently dismissed him from service with disgrace and dishonour.

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The panel also ordered that various sums of money, including $6,600, said to have been recovered from him be returned to the coffers of the Nigerian army.

The Major General was charged under the armed forces act (AFA) after soldiers in his detail reportedly stole money estimated to be N400 million.

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His trial started in September, 2019 amid intense drama at the sitting in Abuja.

He was the general officer commanding of the Nigerian army 8 division in Sokoto who sent some soldiers to transport some cash to Kaduna by road from where it would be taken to Abuja.

A military aircraft was said to be waiting in Kaduna but the soldiers plotted to steal the money during a stop in Kaduna and subsequently deserted the army.

Otiki was then arrested after the theft and placed under house arrest until his trial by the court-martial.



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