A military court martial sitting in Abuja has convicted a senior Nigerian Army Doctor for allegedly admitting foreign students for clinical studies in the Hospital.
The Court Martial demoted the officer from the rank of Major General (Two Star) to Brigadier General (One Star) as a punishment for the offence.
The demotion of Major General Patrick Falolu follows the conviction his who for unlawfully admitting students for clinical training without due clearance from the army headquarters.
Major General Falola is said to have admitted international students from Espan Formation University, Cotonou in Benin Republic between July and September, 2016.
President of the Special Court Martial, Air Vice Marshal James Gbum and sentenced the officer to a reduction in rank from Major General to Brigadier General on count one of the charge.
He was, however, discharged and acquitted of the second count of fraudulent misapplication of the hospital’s property.
Lawyer to Major General Falola, Wing Commander Enokela Onyilo-Uloko [Rtd], however, criticised the conviction, saying it was a premeditated attempt to taint the unblemished record of his client whom he described as a distinguished medical officer with outstanding records.
Enokela Onyilo-Uloko says the judgment of the Special Court Martial has no legal backing
“On hearing of this kind of conviction, we know that it is based on nothing. There is no law, no instruction put on the ground by the armed forces that the senior officer needs to take permission from the higher authority before allowing such training.