Nigeria: General sentenced to 7 years in prison by military court for stealing 3 billion naira
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
A special court martial of the Nigerian Army yesterday sentenced former Managing Director of NAPL Nigeria Army Property Limited, Major General Umar Mohammed, to seven years in prison.
The court also ordered the convicted executive to return $2.17 million and 1.06 billion naira (equivalent to the amount stolen) to the company’s safe.
On October 4, 2023, Major General Umar Mallam Mohammed was sentenced by a special court-martial to seven years in prison after being found guilty on 14 of the 18 charges brought against him by the Nigerian military.
The Chairman of the Special Court Martial, Major General James Myam, while reading out the judgment, ordered the convicted senior officers to repay US$2,053,200 and N1.69 billion to the Nigerian Army.
When the sentence for General
was drawn up, it was 49 years in prison, but the court announced that the sentences would be concurrent, so the sentence became his 7 years.
The charge, sentence and order on which the senior officer was found guilty is charge 1 theft, which violates Article 323, Section 7 of the Armed Forces Act. He was found guilty and sentenced to five years in prison. The court also ordered him to repay a total of US$1,045,400 to the Nigerian Army Property Limited
Count 2. He was found guilty of theft and sentenced to five years in prison. He was also ordered to repay a total of $400,800 to the Nigerian Army Property Management Bureau
Count 3, was found guilty of theft and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment. He was ordered to repay a total of US$85,400 to the Nigerian Army Property Limited.
Count 4, Major General UM Mohammed, was found guilty of theft, sentenced to five years’ imprisonment, and ordered to repay the sum of US$35,300 to the Nigerian Army Property Limited.