By Simon Ateba/Lagos @simonateba
The Nigerian army has explained in a statement that it dismissed Brigadier General Enitan Ransome-Kuti, the son of the late human rights activist, Beko Ransome Kuti, not because of “cowardly behaviour”, but because of his “failure to perform military duties”.
“He was equally found guilty on Count Charge Number 3 which was “miscellaneous offences relating to service property” and was awarded 6 Months imprisonment,” said army spokesman, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman.
Ransome Kuti was accused of failing to perform his military duties during the fight against Boko Haram which may have resulted in the militants’ capture of Baga, back then, the center of a multinational force.
Army’s full statement is below.
In reference to media enquiry on the judgement passed by a General Court Martial yesterday at Army Headquarters Garrison refers. I wish to confirm that one of the accused persons, Brigadier General EA Ransome-Kuti was awarded the following punishments on the various count charges against him as follows;
The first count charge which was “Cowardly Behaviour” was struck out but he was found guilty on Count Charge Number Two which was “Failure to Perform Military Duties” and was Dismissed from the Nigerian Army.
He was equally found guilty on Count Charge Number 3 which was “Miscellaneous Offences Relating to Service Property” and was awarded 6 Months imprisonment.
Colonel SaniKukasheka Usman
Ag Director Army Public Relations