Three Naval officers have been dismissed and jailed over theft of Tompolo’s equipment stored at Mieka Jetty in Warri, Delta State.
The Naval officers were arrested in June, 2018, for stealing wanted ex-militant, where they were on guard duty, have been dismissed, TheNation reports.
The three personnel; Petty Officer Ekong Samuel, Leading Seaman Elijah Sagwada and Seaman Usman Shuaibu, were subsequently transferred to the Okere prison to continue with a 5-month jail term handed to them by the Navy Court Martial.
The commander of the NNS Delta, Commodore Ibrahim Dewu, assured that the Nigerian Navy would not condone acts of indiscipline, neither protect any of its personnel found wanton as an officer or rating. Dewu said;
“Sometime in June, some of our personnel that went to Mieka Jetty, keeping duty, were caught stealing some of the equipment in that jetty. When the report was made to the base and they were arrested, both them and the civilians that were involved.
“A thorough investigation was carried out, a court martial was recommended after the investigation and these three personnel from NNS Delta were court martialed.
”What you see this morning is the sentence that was given after the court martial. We are carrying out the naval procedure for a dismissal and we are going to send them to prison after the dismissal.
“They were dismissed first, after which they were de-kitted and now they are going to serve five months jail term in prison.
”So what we did this morning was to dekit them and then hand them over to the prison service, to continue their jail term.
“I want to make this statement clear that the Nigerian Navy has never and will never condone any case of indiscipline, especially issues that will bring disrepute to the service. We do not cover any of our personnel that is caught involved in such cases.
”That is why today we have dismissed them and then we are handing them over the prison to serve their jail term.”