Former Chief of Air Staff, Amosu, others Arraigned

A former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (retd), was arraigned Wednesday before a Federal High Court in Lagos.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission also arraigned Air Vice Marshal Jacob Adigun and Air Commodore Gbadebo Olugbenga, alongside Amosu on a 26-count of stealing about N50bn. They pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
The Judge granted them bail in the sum of N500m each.
The EFCC also joined Delfina Oil and Gas Limited, Mcallan Oil And Gas Limited, Hebron Housing and Properties Company Limited, Trapezites BDC, Fonds and Pricey Limited, Deegee Oil and Gas Limited, Timsegg Investment Limited and Solomon Health Care Limited as defendants in the suit.
The anti-graft agency is accusing the defendants of converting the said sum from the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) around March 5, 2014, in Lagos State.
The agency claimed that the defendants reasonably ought to have known, that the concealed and converted funds form part of the proceeds of an unlawful act.
Prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo Isiokuwa said 42 witnesses will testify against the defendants in the case when the trial begins.
There were reports earlier on that the former Chief of Air Staff had returned the sum of N2.3b to the Federal Government.
EFCC sources said then that: “I can confirm to you that Amosu has returned N2.3bn. He raised two bank drafts. One draft was N2bn while the second was N300m.”
The source also said “Amosu has been cooperating with us and has been returning funds. However, Badeh was very stubborn. Since he refused to return funds, we took him to court.”
The EFCC source also alleged that illegal deductions might still be going on in the Nigerian Airforce, despite several arrests.
The EFCC said: “We were told that over N558.2m was diverted by the office of the Chief of Air Staff monthly and the money was converted to dollars. We were told that air force officers from the rank of air commodore and above all benefitted from the money.
“We believe that even after Amosu had left, they still shared money. We were told that even in February, these illegal deductions were still made. In due course, our findings will be made public.”
According to reports, $1 million was discovered by the EFCC at Amosu’s Badagry home, in Lagos state.

Author: News Editor

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