A special military court marshal sitting at the Mogadishu Cantonment Abuja has demoted Major General Ibrahim Sani to the rank of Brigadier General following his trial on a 5-count charge bordering on corruption.
The court presided over by Air Vice Marshal James Gbum held that Sani fraudulently allocated part of army land to himself after collection the Certificate of Occupancy of the land in Abuja.
The special court also ordered General Sani to refund over twenty million naira obtained from three officers as payment for their land.
The prosecution counsel, Lieutenant Ukpe Ukpe expressed satisfaction with the trial which lasted for over a year.
“Those who followed this case closely will agree with us that they wouldn’t have expected anything less than what has just happened in the court today.The evidence we dispatched against the convicted senior officers were overwhelming and credible, and we in the prosecution diligently presented these facts before the court and hence the judgement today. So, we are very happy that the case has eventually come to an end.”
The defense counsel, Mr Paul Sule (SAN) however said they will appeal the verdict.
The case which is between the Nigerian army and Major General Ibrahim Sani over alleged corruption charges started early 2016.
Major General Sani was a former Chief of Army Transportation and Innovation Centre.