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Stolen N400m: “Your Soldiers, Your Personal Aides” Stole The Money, General Otiki Tells Trial Judge, Lt. Gen. Adeosun During Military Court Martial

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Major General Hakeem Otiki appears in a wheel chair during his trial

Major General Hakeem Otiki appears in a wheel chair during his trial

Major General Hakeem Otiki on Tuesday accused the presiding judge of the General Court Martial of allegedly stealing the sum of N400m under his watch.

Otiki BlackBox Nigeria gathered, said he was in trouble because of the bitter rivalry between him and Lieutenant General Lamide Adeosun.

Major General Hakeem Otiki appears in a wheel chair during his trial

One of the counsels’ to Otiki, retired Major Femi Oyebanjo, while speaking on his behalf at the court, said Otiki may not get fair hearing due to the brewing rivalry.

Oyebanjo said “The reasons are as follows: it is a known fact that General Otiki got into Nigerian Defence Academy on the 10th of January, 1983 while Adeosun got in on July 4th, 1983.

“He got in therefore before you. It is a fact that General Otiki actually pitied you, established and trained you.

“We have this feeling that that grudge is still there.

“More so, that General Otiki took over from you as the Corp Commander, Infantry.

“We still believe that because this grudge has been there since then and because of this grudge, when you were promoted Lieutenant General, he sent you a text message to congratulate you, but you did not respond.

“In addition to that sir, it is a fact that by the time we go into this trial proper, certain issues will certainly come up and these are issues that affect your office as Chief of Operations, Nigerian Army, which you left before you got to where you are presently.

“What am I saying sir?

“It is a fact, sir, that General Otiki as the GOC Commanding 8 Division of the Nigerian Army conducted Operation Sharan Daji.

“He also conducted Operation Harbin Kunama III.

“These were offices directly under your command as Chief of Operation.

“And these are operations that are going to come up in the course of this trial.

“So, sir, you are actually an interested party.”

Oyebanjo also suggested that the soldiers that stole the money in dispute did so with the support or encouragement of Adeosun.

He said: “Finally sir, it is also a known fact that as at the time General Otiki took over from you as the Corp Commander Infantry Brigade, he inherited your security personnel, your soldiers that formed the inner security of General Otiki.

“These are the same personnel that formed the reasons why we are here.

“They are actually your soldiers, your personal aides, the soldiers he took over from you.

“These soldiers are the basis why we are here today.

“My lord, we say on the basis of all these, you are going to be part and parcel of this trial, we are going to be talking and referring to you.

“If you are going to do this job, there is no way you are not going to feature prominently.

“There is no way we will not talk about those soldiers, they were your aides, and there is no way we will not talk about operations.

“Sir, on that ground, for the sake of justice, we are saying that you should excuse yourself from this trial”.

4 Comments

  1. bammy

    September 18, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    please stop adding sugar to the story please. stick to the truth get your facts right because I was there before they told the journalist to leave.

  2. Prince F M Oribhabor

    September 18, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    see trouble, the hunter, becoming the hunted.

  3. Ex Wo Ajobo Adesina

    September 19, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    The COAS should intervene on this matter quick before the next meeting of the trial. Nigeria Army has name to protect.

  4. gwomcy

    September 20, 2019 at 5:26 am

    I find this piece interesting and hope to follow to the end

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