Convicted Army Major Escapes, Arrested In Cotonou


A Major in the Nigerian Army who has escaped after been convicted for 10 years imprisonment for manslaughter, has been arrested by the Nigerian Defence Attachee at the International Airport, Cotonou, Republic of Benin.

Major Akeem Oseni was handed the imprisonment with three other officers after a military court Marshal had found them guilty of torturing to death an army Lance Corporal Collins Benjamin at the Mogadishu barracks, Abuja.

In an Army Situation (SITREP) reports obtained by our Correspondent indicated that Major Oseni was convicted by the General Court Marshal (GCM) sitting at the Army Headquarters, Command Mess Abuja.

The convicted officers included Major Akeem Oseni (N/12127), Major Ogbemudia Osawe (12004), Captain SE Amosu (N/13041) and Second Lieutenant Nuhu Dogary (N/16390).

“The accused officers were charged for manslaughter, punishable under Sec 105 of the AFA CAP A20 LFN 2004.

It added that “particular offence in that they the caused officers on or about 23 February 2017 at a pitch beside the football field in Mogadishu cantonment unlawfully caused the death of 09NA/63/3803 Lance Corporal Collins Benjamin by Forward Rolling.

However, Captain Amosu was found not guilty and awarded discharged and acquitted while Majors Oseni, Osawe and 2Lt Dogary were found guilty and awarded 10 years imprisonment.

However, after the pronouncement of the judgment, the accused officers were matched out of the court premises with Capt KS Chime into Capt JE Akwaraonwu’s office, the Mess Manager.

It was learnt that while there, Major Oseni took permission from Capt Chime to use the toilet. From the toilet, he escaped to an unknown destination.

A thorough search was launched within and outside the mess premises without locating the accused officer while the two other officers were kept with Special Intelligence Bureau (SIB) awaiting further action.

Fortunately, the escapee officer was arrested in Cotonou International Airport by own Defence attache’ at about 2pm waiting to board Cote de Ivoire airline by 5pm flight to the the United States of America.

At the moment, the officer is in the custody of the Benin Republican force awaiting international protocols for Repatriation back to Nigeria.

The accused officer were said to have moved LCpl Collins from a guardroom at Mogadishu Barracks, Abuja, where he was being held for an offence to a bush near Ihejirika Quarters along Abuja-Nyanya Expressway, where he was said to have been physically assaulted leading to his death.

It was learnt that the three army personnel were found guilty of manslaughter by the GCM, which comprised the President, Brigadiers General G. Umelo; S. Aliyu, A. Edet, and N. Mohammed, others included Colonels K. Ndamadu, T. Agbor, and I. Tanko.

Post Author: Friday Ekeoba