- A convicted army officer, Major A. A. Oseni, has escaped after being sentenced to 10 years imprisonment
- Oseni and three other officers were convicted over the alleged murder of their colleague
- According to the report, Oseni took an excuse from Capt. Chime to use the toilet and later disappeared
A report by New Telegraph indicates that an army officer convicted on Friday, February 7, by a General Court Martial (GCM) sitting at the Army Headquarters Garrison, Abuja, has disappeared into thin air.
Legit.ng gathered that the GCM, which was presided over by Maj-Gen. GA Umelo, had four other members, as well as a Judge Advocate (JA).
According to the report, the fleeing officer, one Major A. A. Oseni (N12127), was charged alongside Major O. U. Osawe (N/12004), Captain S. E. Amosu, (N/13041), and 2Lieutenant N. B. Dogary (N/16390), for alleged manslaughter.
The report noted that the offence is punishable under section 105 of the AFA Cap A20 LFN 2004.
While Capt. Amosu was duly “discharged and acquitted” by the GCM, having found him to be innocent of the charge(s), the trio of Majors Oseni and Osawe, as well as 2Lt. Dogary, was convicted and subsequently sentenced to a prison term of 10 years each.
Specifically, the three accused officers were convicted for unlawfully causing the death of 09NA/63/3803 Lance Corporal Collins Benjamin. In military parlance, the alleged offence is referred to as “forward rolling.”
The newspaper added that a senior officer noted that the incident occurred when the convicted officers were being “matched” to the office of the Mess Manager, Capt JE Akwaraonwu.
The officer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said they had hardly reached the office, when the “wanted” convict sought permission from the Liaison Officer (LO), one Captain KS Chime, to ease himself.
“At about 071908a February 20, the General Court Martial (GCM) sitting at Army Headquarters (AHQ) Command Mess Abuja, delivered judgement on the case between NA vs Maj AA Oseni (n/12127), Maj. OU Osawe (n/12004), Capt. SE Amosu (N/13041) and 2lt NB Dogary (N/16390).
“The accused officers were charged for manslaughter, punishable under section 105 of the AFA Cap A20 LFN 2004.
“The particulars of offence: is that they – Maj. Oseni, Maj. OU Osawe, Capt. Amosu and 2lt NB Dogary – on or at about 23 February 17, at a pitch beside the football field in Mogadishu Cantonment, unlawfully caused the death of 09NA/63/3803 Lcpl Collins Benjamin by forward rolling,” he said.
He stated further: “Findings showed that Capt Amosu (n/13041) was found not guilty and awarded discharged and acquitted while Maj. AA Oseni, Maj. OU Osawe and 2lt NB Dogary were found guilty and awarded 10 years imprisonment.
"However, after the pronouncement of judgement, the accused officers matched out of the court premises with Capt. KS Chime (Liaison Officer) and proceeded to Capt. JE Akwaraonwu’s office (mess mgr).
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that three officers of the Nigerian army were on Friday, February 7, sentenced to ten years jail term for manslaughter by a general court-martial at the army headquarters in Abuja.
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