A senior military officer has been dismissed by a court martial for having sex with his colleague's wife.
Lt. Bature, a 38-year-old Regimental Medical Doctor with the Army indigene of Kebbi State, was found culpable by the court-martial sitting at the Adekunle Fajuyi Cantonment of the 2 Division, Ojo, Ibadan in Oyo State, after he was found guilty of having sex with the wife of a colleague several times.
The exclusive report has it that Bature was slammed with a two-count charge of illicit sexual relationship and unprofessional conduct as well as taking advantage of a colleague’s wife who was supposed to be his patient.
Dr. Bature's offence which were summarised as indecent professional misconduct and having sex with a fellow soldier’s wife, contravenes Sections 79 and 93 of the Armed Forces Act CAP A20, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, which prescribes jail term and dismissal from service with dishonour.
The officer whose fate would be finally decided by a military council that ratifies such sentences, reportedly confessed to the crime, pleading with military authorities to give him a corrective punishment rather than a terminal one.
Military sources within the Cantonment report that the accused, who is married with a child, had a notorious history of sexual indiscipline and in his four years of service, his conduct has brought shame to the military hierarchy at various times.
While delivering judgement on the case, the President of the Court Martial, Brigadier General Raji, who is also the Commander of 52 Division Signals, said the court opted for a lesser sentence of dismissing the doctor because the convict was a young officer who got commissioned into the Nigeria Army only in 2012.
Revelations at the court-martial sitting showed that Dr. Bature's sexual escapade with the newly-married woman, kicked off when she visited his clinic for consultation on a gynaecological case.
After the initial examination, Dr. Bature, who holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees, allegedly insisted on conducting a more detailed examination of her and it was such interactions that led to him having carnal knowledge of the woman.
In her testimony, the victim, gave a detailed account of how the doctor sexually stimulated her before they had sex in his office.
She told the court that the doctor later invited her in the evening of the same day to his house so she could pick an ointment he earlier prescribed for her treatment and when she went for the appointment, they engaged in another round of intercourse.
The woman said she later reported to the barrack’s chaplain after becoming crushed by the weight of her guilt.
In arriving at the verdict, Brigadier General Raji posited:
“Given the level of treachery and the betrayal of trust you displayed by having sexual relation with your colleague’s wife, the court is tempted to award you a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
The Court has, however, looked that you were only commissioned to the Nigerian Army in 2012, you may therefore not be well grounded in the traditions of the Nigerian Army.
Ignorance, however, does not excuse your despicable behaviour. So therefore, the court sentences you as follows:
On Count 1, dismissal with disgrace and dishonour. On Count 2, dismissal from the armed forces."