EFCC: N135m recovered from Maj-Gen. Hakeem court martial

Some N135 million has been recovered from Maj-Gen. Hakeem Otiki who has been accused of stealing and diverting Nigerian Army’s cash.

The General, who is standing trial on five counts before a Court Martial, has pleaded not guilty.

He has been battling for the leave of the tribunal to allow him travel for medical treatment to Florida United States (U.S.).

Besides, Gen. Otiki has pleaded with the tribunal to unfreeze his account which was placed under Post No Debit (PND) by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

It was learnt that about N160 million was released from the Army to its Sokoto Division to cater for the special intervention.

The cash was, however, lost in transit between Sokoto and Kaduna and the General was alleged to have detailed his escorts to guard one Alhaji Abo Aliu from Sokoto to Kaduna with the sum of ? 100,000,000.00 and $86,000.00.

But between Funtua and Zaria, the armed escorts in the Toyota Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) connived and robbed Alhaji Abo of the ?100,000,000.00 and $86,000.00 that was given to him by the suspect.

After the robbery incident, Abo and his friend were taken to a nearby forest and they were dispossessed of their phones.

They (escorts) later gathered their weapons on the Buffalo SUV and the money was transferred into the Hilux that was conveying Abo.

Although the cash was allegedly being hauled to Kaduna for furniture purchase, detectives were said to have suspected some other motives.

The incident led to the arrest and trial of Gen. Otiki.

It was, however, learnt that the prosecution witnesses, including investigators, have revealed at the ongoing trial how N135 million was recovered from the Army officer.

As at press time, the embattled General was battling to secure the court’s nod to travel out for medical treatment abroad on or before October 15.

He said his health has been failing him having undergone a spinal cord surgery in the past.

Those on the defence team of the embattled Army General are:  Okechukwu Ajunwa, Femi Oyebanjo; Mike Kebunko and Kenneth Anyang have pleaded with the tribunal to allow their client to travel to the U.S. for treatment.

They said the Army officer would need a spine transplant.(Thenationonlineng)

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