Court-martial convicts, demotes Gen Adeniyi over leaked video

•Sentences aide to 21 days imprisonment

A court-martial in Abuja has convicted the former Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi.

The tribunal on Monday found Gen Adeniyi guilty of violating military social media guidelines and ordered his demotion by at least three years.

In a related development, the court sentenced Gen Adeniyi’s aide, Private Tokunbo Obanla, who was prosecuted alongside the general.

Private Obanla was also found guilty and sentenced to 28 days in jail with hard labour.

It was gathered that both convictions are subject to confirmation by the military authorities.

Gen Adeniyi was said to have pleaded guilty to three-count of unlawful use of social media, and damage to service property amongst other issues.

The verdict came eight months after a video of Adeniyi complaining about a lack of military equipment to combat Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East went viral.

He also complained that insurgents were outgunning troops, noting that intelligence failure was responsible for an attack by insurgents that claimed dozens of soldiers.

Embarrassed by the revelations, the major-general was removed from the front and also suspended by the military authorities.

The Nigerian Army subsequently filed charges of military social media guideline violations against him.

Adeniyi had denied any wrongdoing, stating that he did not leak the video, adding that his phone was in Obanla’s custody at the time of the incident.

Obanla had in his statement allegedly admitted to posting the video on social media in error.

Adeniyi’s lawyers have vowed to appeal the judgment.

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