Court-martial set to deliver judgement on Army chief Otiki over missing N400m

Court-martial set to deliver judgement on Army chief Otiki over missing N400m

- The army court-martial is set to deliver judgement on embattled senior Army officer, Major General Hakeem Otiki

- Otiki is facing a five-count charge bordering on the theft of N400 million and disobedience to the military order

- The court-martial was inaugurated back in 2019 to try the former General Officer Commanding (GOC) 8 Division in Sokoto

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The General Court Martial (GCM) in Abuja is set to deliver judgement on former General Officer Commanding (GOC) 8 Division, Sokoto, Major-General Hakeem Otiki over the alleged missing N400 million.

According to The Sun, the court which was set up by the Nigerian Army is headed by the Chief of Training and Operations Major-General Lamidi Adeosun as the president.

Emerging reports states that any moment from now judgement will be delivered on the embattled senior Army officer.

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The court-martial which was inaugurated on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, includes Major A Mohammed as judge advocate, with Major-Generals AA Tarfa, FO Agugo, JS Malu, M Mohammed, and Maj Gen CT Olukoju, as members, and Major General CC Okonkwo as waiting member.

Court-martial set to deliver judgement on Army chief Otiki over missing N400m

Major General Hakeem Otiki, former General Officer Commanding (GOC) 8 Division in Sokoto
Source: UGC

The former GOC was placed under house arrest and moved to Abuja after he was picked up by the army.

Back in July 2019, five soldiers belonging to Otiki's escort absconded with N400 million while serving as a security detail for an important personality from Sokoto to Kaduna state. The soldiers, however, reportedly fled with the money with their whereabouts unknown.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the trial of the former GOC over the theft of N400 million and misconduct had begun by the Nigerian Army.

Otiki is facing a five-count charge bordering on disobedience to military order and diversion of the said sum before the General Court Martial (GCM) sitting at Asokoro, Abuja.

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According to a source, although the defence counsel did not object to the charges instituted against the former GOC, he pleaded not guilty to all of them.

In a related development, the trial of Major General Otiki, continued as the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered an interim forfeiture of $376, 120 (N136,155,440) traced to him.

The court granted the order following the application from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The court directed the EFCC to publish the interim forfeiture order in a national daily so that anyone who claims the money belongs to him will be notified and appear before the court to defend his/her claim within 14 days.

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