Court-martial convicts Major-general Olusegun Adeniyi

Court-martial convicts Major-general Olusegun Adeniyi

- Former Theatre Commander Olusegun Adeniyi has been court-martialled

- The Army officer is said to be guilty of violating policy on the use of social media

- Adeniyi was consequently demoted by at least three years

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Major-general Olusegun Adeniyi has been convicted over his use of social media by a military court in Abuja.

Adeniyi was a former Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, who led Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram.

The military tribunal found him guilty of producing and publicising a video on the counter-insurgency operation in the northeast.

His action was said to have embarrassed and ridiculed the armed forces of Nigeria.

The policy was released on June 11, 2018, on the directives of the Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonisakin, a general, Premium Times reports.

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A military court in Abuja convicted a former Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Olusegun Adeniyi. Photo: Premium Times
Source: UGC

Adeniyi was consequently demoted by at least three years. His orderly, Tokunbo Obanla, a private, was also found guilty and sentenced to 28 days in jail with hard labour.

Meanwhile, the Coalition of Northern Patriots (CNP) had carried out an extensive appraisal of the security situation across the 19 northern states in Nigeria.

The coalition said the leadership of the Nigerian military and the troops have successfully quelled the threats posed by criminal elements in the country.

In another development, the military said that operations in the northeast are being sabotaged by civilian informants as most locals do not provide intelligence to the army.

Major-General John Enenche, coordinator defence media operations, made the disclosure while speaking on Monday, November 30.

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Enenche speaking further expressed worry about the recent trend of residents in the northeast declining to provide useful information to security agencies. The military spokesman added that this reduces the military’s effectiveness to combat the insecurity scourge in the region.

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Enenche also noted that the military is trying to build up the confidence of locals and encourage them that it is for their best interest.

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