A Senior military Officer, Ibrahim Sani, has been demoted from the rank of Major General to Brig General for alleged corruption
Sani was a former Chief of Transformation and Innovation Centre of the Nigerian Army.
A Military Special Court Martial presided over by Air Vice Marshal, James Gbum, on Thursday demoted Sani after he was convicted on a five-count charge bordering on cheating.
Sani had been standing trial in the court since 2015 after he was accused of dividing and allocating part of army land to himself. The court sat at the Mogadishu Cantonment, Asokoro, Abuja.
Gbum passing the judgment also ordered Sani to return N23m being the money he got after he sold the part of the army land to himself.
The court held that the convict fraudulently allocated to himself part of the land – 436 hectares, in Abuja and sold it.
The court president also held that Sani went beyond the mandate given to him by the army authorities which was “only to collect the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O)’’ from relevant FCT Agency.
He said the convict divided the land into two and allocated one part to himself, using a pseudo company in which he was the sole signatory.
Air Vice Marshal Gbum said the convict sold portions of the land to different three people at N10 million, N7 million and N6 million, respectively.
The court president, however, said the conviction and sentence was subject to the confirmation of the Army Council.