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Nigerian Army begins trial of Maj Gen Hakeem Otiki over the alleged diversion of N400 million

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Nigerian Army begins trial of Maj Gen Hakeem Otiki over the alleged diversion of N400 million

The Nigerian Army has commenced the trial of Maj Gen Hakeem Otiki, former General Officer Commanding, 8 Division, Sokoto State, over the alleged diversion of the sum of N400 million by some soldiers in the division.

The Army confirmed that five soldiers under his Division made away from a consignment containing the money, while on escort duty from Sokoto to Kaduna states in the first week of July 2019. The soldiers were asked to escort the money and deliver it to a Very-Important Personality in Kaduna State.

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Nigerian Army identified the runaway soldiers as Corporal Gabriel Oluwaniyi, Corporal Mohammed Aminu, one Corporal Haruna, Oluji Joshua, and Hayatudeen.

However, with the runaway soldiers still at large, the trial of Maj Gen Hakeem Otiki at the General Court Marshal, which sat at the Army Officers’ Mess, Asokoro, began at about 12:30pm on Tuesday, September 17th. The General Court Marshal is presided over by the army’s Chief of Policy and Plans, Nigerian Army Headquarters, Maj Gen Lamidi Adeosun.

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