By Mukwuzi Joseph
A military court in Abuja has convicted maj.Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi, former commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, and demoted him by at least three years.
Adeniyi was subjected to a court martial after being removed as commander of Operation Lafiya Dole and transferred to the Nigerian Army Resource Centre in Abuja. He was later moved to the army headquarters, still in Abuja.
Though the army claimed that Adeniyi’s redeployment is a routine exercise intended to reinvigorate the system, the military tribunal he appeared before found him guilty of violating military social media guidelines and ordered that he be demoted by at least three years on Monday November 30.
Tokunbo Obanla, Adeniyi’s military aide, who was prosecuted alongside the general, was also found guilty and sentenced to 28 days in jail with hard labour.
Obanla, whom Adeniyi said was in possession of his phone at the time of the incident, reportedly admitted to posting the video on social media in error.
Both convictions are subject to confirmation by the military board before they can take effect.
Adeniyi’s lawyers said they will appeal against the tribunal judgment before higher military authorities.