Nigerian Major General bags jail sentence for stealing funds


A Nigerian Army Special Court martial sitting in Abuja on Tuesday found a former Group Managing Director of Nigerian Army Properties Limited, Maj.-Gen. Umar Mohammed, guilty of stealing some funds belonging to the organization.

Mohammed was tried on an 18-count charge bordering on forgery, misappropriation of funds, and conspiracy, among others.

The accused had, however, earlier pleaded not guilty to all the charges pressed against him.

But at the resumed sitting on Tuesday, where the judgment was given, the eight-man panel led by Maj.-Gen. James Myam stated that the convicted senior military officer was found guilty of 14 out of 18 charges.

Myam stated that count one was brought under Section 383(1) of the Criminal Code Act, Cap. 38, of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and punishable under Section 390(7), adding that the charge was also brought pursuant to section 114 of the Armed Forces Act, Cap. A20 2004.

The panel explained that the prosecution counsel called 24 witnesses, while the defendant called two witnesses.

The panel, thereafter, in its judgement ordered that the convicted senior officer be jailed for 5 years each for some of the offences while some others carried 7 and 2 years, respectively.

While explaining that the sentences would run concurrently, the court also directed that he refund some funds into the account of NAPL.

Myam explained that the sentences were subject to the confirmation of “confirming authority”.

Prior to his sentencing, Mohammed had been in the detention facility of the Nigerian at Mogadishu cantonment, Abuja where he spent over 2 years