Major General Umar Mohammed, the former Group Managing Director of Nigerian Army Properties Limited (NAPL), has been sentenced to seven years in prison by a Nigerian army Court Martial. This comes after he pleaded guilty to charges of Stealing, Forgery, Conspiracy, and Misappropriation of Funds.
Mohammed admitted to defrauding nearly $2.7 million and N1.6 billion respectively. He was brought into the courtroom on a wheelchair, indicating that he was facing serious health issues.
The Army Court Martial, led by Major General James Myam, stated that the charges against Mohammed were brought under relevant sections of the Criminal Code Act and the armed forces Act of Nigeria. The panel highlighted that the prosecution called 24 witnesses, while the defendant called two witnesses during the trial.
In the panel’s judgment, the convicted senior officer was ordered to serve 5 years in jail for certain offences, while other offences carried sentences of 7 and 2 years respectively.
The court clarified that these sentences would be served concurrently. Furthermore, the court directed the officer to refund funds to the account of NAPL.
It was emphasized that these sentences were subject to confirmation by the “confirming authority”. General Mohammed was found guilty of 14 out of 18 counts.
The charges against him included counts of stealing, for which he was sentenced to 5 years in prison and required to return specific amounts of money to NAPL.
Count 5: He has been convicted of stealing and has been sentenced to five years imprisonment. In addition, he has been ordered to repay the sum of $55,500 to NAPL.
Count 6: He has been convicted of stealing and has been sentenced to five years imprisonment. Pursuant to section 114 of the Armed Forces Act Cap A20 2004, he is also required to pay $46,500 to NAPL.
Count 7: He has been acquitted of the charge of criminal conspiracy to commit forgery and has been discharged.
Count 8: He has been found guilty of forgery and has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment.
Count 9: He has been found guilty of the offense of theft and has been sentenced to five years imprisonment. Additionally, the special court-martial, relying on section 174, has ordered him to pay $430,800 to NA Properties Limited.
Count 10: He has been acquitted of the charge of conspiracy to forge a document and has been discharged.
Count 11: He has been acquitted of the charge of forgery and has been discharged.
Count 12: He has been found guilty of conduct to prejudice discipline and has been sentenced to two years imprisonment.
Count 13: He has been sentenced to five years imprisonment for theft. Furthermore, he is also required to pay 74,000,000 naira to the court.
Count 14: He has been found guilty of criminal misappropriation and has been sentenced to two years imprisonment.
Count 15: The individual has been found guilty of criminal misappropriation and sentenced to 2 years in prison, as well as ordered to return 255,000,000 NAPL.
Count 16: The individual has been found guilty of criminal misappropriation and sentenced to 2 years in prison, as well as ordered to return the sum of 559,172,000 naira to NAPL.
Count 17: The individual has been found not guilty of count 17.
Count 18: The accused has been found guilty of criminal misappropriation. They have been sentenced to 2 years in prison and ordered to pay 172,000,000 naira to NAPL.
The Defense Council made a verbal application to the Army special court martial, requesting that the sentence of the court martial begin from the day the estranged officer is moved to a correctional center, instead of returning to army detention, in accordance with Article 157 of the Armed Forces Act. However, the court rejected this application.
The Court Martial trials are conducted in accordance with the law as provided in the Armed Forces Act (AFA).