Pending conviction confirmation, Adeniyi will continue to wear Major General rank

Olusegun Adeniyi

The former Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi, will continue to wear his current rank despite his conviction and subsequent demotion by a Court-martial, until the judgment is confirmed by the military authorities.

Recall it was reported that the tribunal had, while handing down its judgment on Monday, said the order was subject to confirmation by the authorities.

However, according to Punch, it was learnt that the decision of the military high command on the judgment may take some time.

It is not ascertained at the time of this report, if Adeniyi was given a command or office since he was removed from leading the counter-insurgency operations against the Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State in March.

The tribunal had found Adeniyi guilty of violating military social media guidelines and ordered his demotion by at least three years.

Adeniyi’s aide, Private Tokunbo Obanla, who was prosecuted alongside the General, was also found guilty and sentenced to 28 days in jail with hard labour.

The verdict came eight months after a video of Adeniyi complaining about a lack of military equipment to combat Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East went viral.

The Major General was subsequently removed from the front and also suspended by the military authorities.

Ironically, Adeniyi was convicted on the day the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed re-echoed his claims that the army lacked the weapons to engage the insurgents.

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