Some days ago, an Army Major, Akeem Oseni, fled Abuja after he was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison by a General Court Martial.
According to fresh reports, he has been found and rearrested in the Republic of Benin.
Akeem Oseni alongside fellow Military Major, Ogbemudia Osawe, and Lieutenant Nuhu Dogary, were found guilty of torturing a Lance Corporal, identified as Collins Benjamin, to death.
The crime is punishable under section 105 of the Armed Forces Act 2004 by life imprisonment.
Investigations revealed that Benjamin died after being asked to “forward roll” in a football pitch countless times at Mogadishu Cantonment in Abuja on February 23, 2017.
After the judgement was passed, Osawe and Dogary were remanded in prison custody but Akeem Oseni had escaped after taking permission to use the toilet. All security forces, including the Nigerian police and the State Security Service (SSS), were warned to ensure the arrest of the fleeing soldier.
Oseni fled from the premises of the Army Headquarters Officers Mess in Asokoro, Abuja, where the Court Martial held but finally he was rearrested on Monday at the Cotonou International Airport at around 2 pm.
This was confirmed in a statement by the Nigerian Army on Monday.
The statement reads in part:
“The escapee officer has been arrested in the Cotonou International Airport around 2 pm while waiting to board a Cote D’Ivoire airline by 5 pm to the United States; same is currently in the custody of the Benin Republican Force and awaiting international protocols for repatriation back to Nigeria.”