The Nigerian Army has dismissed a senior military officer, Lt. Musa Mustapha Bature, after a court-martial found him guilty of sleeping with a fellow officer's wife, Premium Times reports.
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.
Lt. 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.
The father-of-two, whose fate would be finally decided by a military council, which statutorily ratifies such sentences, reportedly confessed to the crime, and pleaded with military authorities to give him corrective punishment rather than a terminal one.
Sources familiar with the trial said Bature had a notorious history of sexual indiscipline in his 4 years of service. His last sexual escapade involved the wife of a fellow officer whom he took advantage of when she visited his clinic for consultation on a gynaecological case.
Officials said after seeing the newly-married woman, Bature insisted on conducting a more detailed examination of her. He disregarded prescribed medical ethics requiring that such examination be carried out in the presence of a chaperon.
The woman served as one of the prosecution witnesses in the case. In her testimony, she gave a detailed account of how Bature sexually stimulated her before they had sex in he office.
She told the court that Bature 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. There, they engaged in another round. She later reported to the barrack’s chaplain after becoming crushed by the weight of her guilt.