By Andy Chukwu
The Nigerian Army is believed to have commenced the interrogation of Major General Hakeem Otiki, its former General Officer Commanding of the 8 Division, Sokoto State, following the N400m said to have been stolen by escort soldiers in the division from him.
Army sources confirmed that the investigation is to determine the extent of the incidence.
Five soldiers had been confirmed to have stolen the money while on an escort duty from Sokoto to Kaduna states in the first week of July.
The former GOC had reportedly asked the soldiers to escort the money and deliver it to a Very Important Personality in Kaduna.
Lieutenant Audu Arigu, the Spokesman for 8 Division of the Nigerian Army, also confirmed the incident, saying investigation had commenced.
He identified the runaway soldiers as Corporal Gabriel Oluwaniyi, Corporal Mohammed Aminu, one Corporal Haruna, Oluji Joshua and Hayatudeen.
The runaway soldiers were reported to have turned in their rifles and abandoned their mobile phones at the Infantry Corps in Jaji, Kaduna State, before they escaped.
“Investigations so far show that this is not the first time the escort soldiers have that transported such a huge amount of money for the officer. The soldiers all left their mobile phones in the vehicle, which has made their tracking difficult.
“The former GOC is being quizzed. He will be in Sokoto State for now where he is expected to properly hand over to the new GOC and then he will be brought to Abuja for further investigation,” a source told a section of the media.
Apart from the quizzing, the former GOC was said to be under close watch and would be brought to Abuja after he had handed over and cross-examined by the Directorate of Military Intelligence, the Special Intelligence Bureau and the Nigerian Army Corps of Military Police.