By Ibidapo Balogun
The Nigerian Army has sentenced the son of late Bekolari Ransome-Kuti, Brig-General Enitan, to six months in jail for negligence in his duties which led to the loss of the North-eastern town of Baga in Borno State to Boko Haram.
The defeat in which the Nigerian troops fled the scene was one of the army’s worst defeats by Boko Haram.
In the process, the sect took away several equipment of the Nigerian Army during the attack.
Brigadier General Enitan was convicted of failing in his duties when Islamist militants attacked the north-eastern town of Baga in January.
Scores of civilians were killed when Boko Haram overran the town and seized large quantities of weapons.
But the General’s lawyer has told the BBC that he will appeal against the decision.
A separate accusation of cowardice was dropped.
Some soldiers were recently court-martialled for refusing to fight Boko Haram in the North-east for lack of sophisticated weapons. They were, however, pardoned.