The Nigerian Army has reviewed the dismissal of a former Commander of the Multi National Joint Task Force, Enitan Ransome-Kuti, by a Special Court Martial on October 15, 2015 to demotion.
Ransome-Kuti was demoted from the rank of Brigadier-General to Colonel.This was contained in a letter by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, containing the decision of the Army Council on Ransome-Kuti’s case.
The letter dated March 1, 2016, which was signed on behalf of the COAS by Col. O.N Taiwo, also directed that Ransome-Kuti be immediately released from custody.
This followed a threat of legal action issued by Ransome-Kuti’s lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), in a letter dated February 26, 2016 and addressed to the COAS.
Falana in the letter demanded the immediate release of his client whom he said had completed the six months imprisonment passed on him last October.
But the Chief of Army Staff’s letter dated March 1, 2016, stated that the Army took its decision to reverse part of the verdict of the court martial on Ransome-Kuti at its meeting on February 22, 2016.
The former MNJTF commander was arraigned on three counts of failure to perform military duties and other miscellaneous offences relating to service property.
After his trial he was discharged and acquitted on the first count.
He was found guilty of the second count following which he was dismissed from the Nigerian Army and sentenced to six months imprisonment.
The COAS’ letter reads in part:
“The council also quashed the findings of guilt and award of six months imprisonment awarded by the SCM on Count 3 and replaced same with a finding of ‘not guilty’. The senior officer was thus discharged and acquitted on Count 3.”
“Accordingly, I am directed to request AHQ to release the senior officer from close custody. I am to also request AHQ MS to post him out of jurisdiction.