Posted by News Express | 17 October 2015 | 2,640 times
The Nigerian Army has convicted a Brigadier General, Enitan Ransome-Kuti, blamed for the loss of Baga in Borno State to Boko Haram insurgents in January.
Mr. Ransome-Kuti, who was arraigned before a military court, sitting in Mogadishu barracks, Abuja, in May, was accused of cowardly behaviour, loss of weapons to Boko Haram and negligent performance of military duty under section 62b of the Armed Forces Act.
In its judgment, the court dismissed the charge bordering on cowardly behaviour, following a no-case submission by the defendant.
The court said the officer was right in withdrawing his troops in the face of superior firepower from Boko Haram terrorists.
He was, however, handed a six-month jail term for loss of equipment to the extremist sect.
Mr. Ransome-Kuti was also found guilty for negligently performing his duties and was therefore dismissed from service.
Femi Falana, a renowned lawyer, assisted by a retired army Major, Femi Oyebanji, represented the convicted General during the trial.
Mr. Falana said on Friday morning that his team would review the judgment, which he described as contradictory.
He promised to provide further details later.
Mr. Ransome-Kuti, his Chief of Staff, Lieutenant Colonel G.A. Suru and some other senior officers, were arrested for failing to repel Boko Haram attack on the headquarters of the Multinational Joint Task Force in Baga. (Channels TV)
•Photo shows Gen. Ransome-Kuti.
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