Fela Kuti’s Nephew Arrested For Letting His Arms Fall Into Boko Haram’s Hands


A lot of you have heard of the senior Nigerian army officer who was jailed for six months after allowing weapons to fall into the hands of Boko Haram Islamists during a deadly attack on Friday.

But did you know however that the soldier is the nephew of Afrobeat legend, Fela Kuti.

Brigadier General, Enitan Ransome-Kuti was convicted at a five-member court martial in Abuja on Thursday for “loss of equipment” during the attack in Baga, Borno state, in January, 2015.

The officer was also convicted of failure to discharge his duties but cleared of a third count of “cowardly behaviour”, Kuti’s lawyer, Femi Falana told AFP.

Falana said Ransome-Kuti had been in custody for six months and should be released for time served but the conviction and sentence had to be confirmed first by a military panel.

According to Falana, an appeal would be lodged, as it was“contradictory” to convict his client of losing equipment but clear him of cowardly behaviour.

“Boko Haram outnumbered his men. They had more superior weapons than the unserviceable equipment of the Nigerian Army” which prompted the withdrawal, Falana added.


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