Army Court-Martials Major General For Stealing $1,476,200, N74 Million


News Investigators/ A Special military court has found a former Group Managing Director and Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Army Properties Limited, Umar Muazu Mohammed guilty of 14 counts charge bothering on theft.

Mr. Mohammed, a major general was found guilty of 14 out of 18 counts charge which are all contrary to service laws.

The charges against the former Group MD include stealing, forgery, conspiracy, theft and unauthorized diversion of Army property among others and they are all subject to service discipline.

Among the charges was the collection of a sum of $1.045,400 paid by shipping companies for the use of Nigerian Army Jetty located at no 6 Marina, Victoria Island, Lagos

Mr. Mohammed was also found guilty of a theft of $430.800 being monies paid into Nigerian Army Domiciliary account at Unity Bank, Abuja for use of Nigerian Army Jetty, Marina, VI, Lagos

He was found guilty of withdrawing and confiscating the sum of N74million out of N75million paid for a property belonging to the Nigerian Army at Ikoyi, Lagos.

The general was however found not guilty on allegations that he sold Army property worth N200million in Lagos.

Also, he was found not guilty on the allegation of stealing the sum of another N750million out of the sum of N2.5billion secured from banks as well as contribution from subscribers for an Army housing estate in Asokoro, Abuja

He was also not found guilty of charges of forging a Deed of Agreement document pursuant to confiscating another Army property in Lagos.

The Special Court Martial was headed by major general Kames Myam as President, with seven (7) other major generals as members.

A brigadier general who served as Judge Advocate is expected to read out its sentences for the accused on Tuesday next week.

During trial, Mr. Mohammed was brought into the court in a wheel chair but President of the court, major gen. Myan said all neccesary medical checks were carried out on the accused and all proved that he was fit to stand trial.

Lead prosecution counsel was Col BA Oguntayo (Rtd) while Lead counsel for the Defence was Olalekan Ojo, SAN.


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