Breaking News: Army general jailed for seven years to, refund stolen N3bn: Major General Umaru Mohammed, the former Group Managing Director of Nigerian Army Properties Limited (NAPL), was found guilty by the Nigerian Army Special Court Martial on Tuesday and sentenced to seven years in jail. EnoungInfo.com
The court also mandated that the senior official found guilty return N1.06 billion and 2.17 million, the total amount of money he stole, to the company’s coffers.
Major General James Myam, the court’s president, delivered the sentence, declaring that the officer had been found guilty on 14 of the 18 counts that had been presented against him.
According to Mr. Myam, section 174 of the Armed Forces Act Cap 20 Laws, 2004 and the Criminal Code Act Cap C38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 served as the foundation for the punishment.
He claims that the defence attorney’s plea of mitigation was given careful attention before the judgement was rendered.
Breaking: Army general jailed for seven years, to refund stolen N3bn
“These sentences of this special court-martial are all to run concurrently and are subject to the confirmation of the confirming authority.
“This sentence is dated this day, the 10th of October 2023 and the court is hereby adjourned Sine die,” he said.
Mr Myam said that Mr Mohammed was found guilty on count one, which borders on theft, and would serve five years in jail and repay NAPL $1.04 million. Rio Ferdinand picks better league between MLS and Saudi Pro League
The officer was also found guilty on count two and sentenced to five years in jail, as well as $400,800 in restitution to NAPL.
On count three, Mr Mohammed was sentenced to five years in jail and ordered to repay $85,400, while count four also resulted in five years in prison and an order to repay $35,300.
The former NAPL president was found guilty on count five and given a five-year jail term along with an order to reimburse the NAPL for $55,500.
In addition, count six included a five-year jail sentence and a $46,500 repayment mandate.
On count eight, the court sentenced him to seven years in jail; on the other counts, he was found guilty and given sentences of five and two years in prison. Nevertheless, the court dismissed the case against him and found him not guilty.
Citing Section 157 of the Armed Forces Act, the defence attorney Olalekan Ojo (SAN) asked the court to transfer his client from a military detention facility to a correctional centre; the court denied his request.
Additionally, Mr. Ojo pleaded for the punishment to begin on the day the court rules.
Mr. Ojo said he would speak with his client about whether to appeal the ruling.