Navy Dismisses Officer SLT VN Ukpawanne due to alleged attempt of sodomy with a minor and drug abuse, in Sapelle, Delta state. According to the NAVY, he was de-kitted and jailed as well over gross misconduct. He was arraigned before a court-martial set up by the Nigerian Navy in Delta State, and was found guilty of disobeying standing order, attempting to commit sodomy; disgraceful conduct and wrong use of drugs.
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At his arraignment, the NAVY maintained that these offenses are punishable under sections 57, 95; 93; 65 (1) of the AFA CAP A20 LFN 2004. Additional punishment added to the officer was one-year loss of seniority, six months imprisonment, another six months imprisonment and lastly one-year imprisonment for all four offences.
The punishment was listed in a memo with Reference: NHQ: 08/68/93/A/Vol.XVIII/399 and titled “Confirmation of court martial punishment -SLT VN Ukpawanne NN/4440”. It reads;
“Sequel to Reference A regarding NHQ approval and Confirmation of Court Martial Punishment for the officer named above who attempted to commit Sodomy amidst other offences on 27 Oct 21 with one teenager, (name withheld), close to Sapele Stadium, On 15 Aug 22 at about 1035, the officer was officially paraded and his sentences were read accordingly.
“The charges against the officer include the following: 2004: Disobedience to Standing Order – punishable under section 57 of the AFA CAP A20 LFN 2004. 2004: Attempt to Commit Sodomy – punishable under section 95 of the AFA CAP A20 LFN 2004. 2004: Disgraceful Conduct – punishable under section 93 of the AFA CAP A20 LFN 2004. 2004: Wrongful use of drug/Controlled Substance – punishable under section 65 (1) of the AFA CAP A20 LFN 2004.
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“Accordingly, the officer in violation of all sections listed above was awarded one-year loss of seniority, six months imprisonment, another six months imprisonment and lastly one-year imprisonment for all four offences. Pertinently, all imprisonment sentences are to run concurrently.
“The dismissed officer is currently awaiting medical clearance from the Naval Medical Centre before handing over to Sapele Correctional Center for commencement of imprisonment term.”