Thursday, 03 March 2016 05:08

Nigerian Army Commutes Ransome-Kuti's Sentence To Demotion

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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 has been commuted to demotion by the Nigerian Army. Ransome-Kuti was demoted from the rank of Brigadier-General to Colonel. A letter by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, containing the decision of the Army Council on Ransome- Kuti’s case, 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. The former MNJTF commander was arraigned on three counts of failure to perform military duties and miscellaneous offences relating to service property.

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