An officer of the Nigerian Navy in the rank of Sub-lieutenant ( Lieutenant equivalent in the Nigerian Army ) has been dismissed from the service of the force allegedly engaging in anal sex with a minor of same sex.
The officer identified as Sub Lieutenant VN Ukpawanne was dismissed after he was tried by a naval court martial on four count charge and was found guilty on all the charges, including Disobedience to standing order, attempting to commit sodomy and disgraceful conduct and wrong use of drugs.
A special SITREP from NNEC/NMC Sapele Delta state, South South Nigeria said the officer in violation of all sections listed was awarded one year loss of seniority, Six (06) months imprisonment, another Six (06) months imprisonment and lastly One (01) year imprisonment for all four offences.
Militarynewsng.com learnt that all sentence relating to imprisonment are to run concurrently.
The dismissed officer is currently awaiting medical clearance from the Naval Medical Centre before he will be handed over to the Nigerian Correctional Centre in Sapele, Delta state for commencement of imprisonment term.
According to the SITREP, the charges against the officer include the following:
a. Disobedience to Standing Order – punishable under section 57 of the AFA CAP A20 LFN 2004.
b. Attempt to Commit Sodomy – punishable under section 95 of the AFA CAP A20 LFN 2004.
c. Disgraceful Conduct – punishable under section 93 of the AFA CAP A20 LFN 2004.
d. Wrongful use of drug/Controlled Substance – punishable under section 65 (1) of the AFA CAP A20 LFN 2004.