A military court martial in Abuja has convicted a former Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major-General Olusegun Adeniyi, over a leaked video that showed poor conditions of soldiers and challenges advancing into the dreaded Alagarno forest area.
The clip of him addressing troops and briefing his boss went viral in March.
Adeniyi was then moved to the Nigerian Army Resource Centre in Abuja and subjected to a court martial alongside his aide, Tokunbo Obanla.
The tribunal delivering judgment on Monday found him guilty of violating social media guidelines and ruled he be demoted by at least three years.
It also found Obanla guilty and sentenced him to 28 days in jail with hard labour.
Obanla, who Adeniyi said was in possession of his phone at the time of the incident, reportedly admitted to posting the video on social media in error.
Both convictions are subject to confirmation by the military board before they can take effect.