EFCC Re-arraigns Umar Over N4.8bn Fraud

A former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Mohammed Dikko Umar (retd) was Wednesday re-arraigned before the Federal High Court in Abuja over alleged N4.8bn fraud.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) , the prosecutor, alleged that Umar stole the money from accounts of the Nigerian Air Force between September 2010 to December 2012, and used same to purchased six choice properties in Abuja, Kano and Kaduna State.
In the charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/92/ 2016, EFCC alleged that the former Air Force boss transferred N66million into the Stanbic IBTC account No. 9202077424 belonging to Capital Law office, from NAF operations account domiciled at UBA Plc, for the renovation/improvement of a house at No 1853 Deng Xiao Ping Street, Off Mahathir Mohammed Street, Asokoro Extension Abuja.
The EFCC told the court that Umar had between September and December 2012 in Abuja, used the Dollar equivalent of N500m to purchase a four Bedroom Duplex with Boys Quarters at Road 3B Street 2, Mabushi Ministers Hill, Abuja.
The anti-graft agency also said Umar used the US Dollar equivalent of N250m to purchase a property situated at No 14, Audu Bako Way, G.R.A. Kano State, in 2011.
Meanwhile, the defendant who was first arraigned on May 11, 2016, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
However, Umar’s counsel. Hassan Liman, prayed the court for his release on bail of his client on self-recognition as he was previously allowed to do by Justice Binta Nyako who was hitherto in charge of the case.
Though EFCC lawyer, Tahir Sylvanus did not oppose Umar’s bail request, he however urged the court to impose some conditions.
“My lord we at the EFCC were not comfortable that Justice Nyako earlier gave the defendant bail on self-recognition. We will however leave it to the discretion of the court”, Tahir submitted
The trial Judge, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba directed the defendant to surrender his international passports, as well as produce two sureties who must not only own landed properties in Abuja, but must also depose to an affidavit of means before the court.
The court fixed February 13 and 16 for the commencement of hearing.

Author: News Editor

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