WARRI – At least, three Officers of the Nigerian Navy are currently under trial by a court martial for allegedly involved in the theft of some equipment belonging to Mr Government Ekpemukpolo, otherwise known as Tompolo.
Rear Adm. Saleh Usman, the outgoing Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Central Naval Command, disclosed this on Monday during a farewell parade organised in his honour at the Warri Naval Base, Delta State.
Usman, who was flanked by the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Delta, Commander, Commodore Ibrahim Dewu, said the Navy had concluded investigations into the alleged involvement of the officers in the crime.
He added that a court martial had been set up to try the suspects accordingly and would be dismissed from service and handed over to the police if found guilty.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that, the suspects were allegedly caught with some Tompolo’s equipment currently confiscated by the Federal Government.
“We all know that there is no institution without bad eggs. To ensure the image of the Navy is not soiled, we have instituted a martial committee to try the suspects.
They are currently in detention, so, if after their trial and they are found guilty, we will dismiss and hand them over to the police for prosecution.
“In the next two weeks, the court martial will start sitting and the outcome of the trial will be made public, that I can assure you.
“We will not cover anybody up. We have our integrity to protect too,” Usman said