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Fleeing army Major apprehended in Benin Republic on way to the US

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An officer in the Nigerian Army, Major Akeem Oseni, who was convicted by a General Court Martial in Abuja and escaped from court premises, has been arrested in Benin Republic.

As published by on Monday, Major Oseni was one of the three army officers convicted on Friday and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment over the death of a Lance Corporal, Benjamin Collins.

He was arrested on Monday at the Cotonou International Airport around 2pm.

It would be recalled that Major Oseni, whose judgment was delivered by the General Court Martial at Command Mess, Asokoro, told court officials he was going to use the toilet before he escaped.

The Nigerian Army launched a manhunt for the officer and sent a signal to all its units and formations to arrest him.

The other two army officers who were jailed 10 years alongside Oseni were Major Ogbemudia Osawe and Second Lieutenant Nuhu Dogary.

An official statement on Monday confirmed that the army major was arrested in Benin Republic.

The statement said, “The escapee officer has been arrested in the Cotonou International Airport around 2pm while waiting to board a Cote D’Ivoire airline by 5pm to the United States; same is currently in the custody of the Benin Republican Force and awaiting international protocols for repatriation back to Nigeria.”

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