Trial of Former CAS AVM Dikko Umar Stalled

The absence of the lead defence counsel, Hassan Liman (SAN) on Monday stalled the trial of the former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Mohammed Dikko Umar.
Umar is standing trial on a seven-count charge bothering on money laundering and procurement fraud, an offence which contravenes Section 15(2) (b) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011, as amended.
When the matter came up, the defence counsel, A. U Gaji, who stood in for Hassan, informed the court of his absence, stating that the lead counsel had lost his sister, and that his family is presently in the process of her burial, he urged the court to adjourn the matter.
The prosecuting counsel, Slyvanus Tahir, who was not opposed to the adjournment, said he was informed about the development.
Tahir added that death is an act of nature which one cannot run from as he condoled with Liman’s family over the loss.
After listening to both parties, the trial judge, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, adjourned the matter to July 6 for continuation of trial.
It would be recalled that the former Chiefof Air Staff, Air Marshal Dikko was arraigned by the anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on May 11, 2016, before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja on a seven-count charge bordering on money laundering, criminal breach of trust and corruption.
It was later transferred to Justice Dimgba.
One of the charges reads: “That you, Air Marshall Mohammed Dikko Umar, whilst being the Chief of Air Staff, Nigerian Air Force between September 2010 to September 2012 in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court directly converted the United States Dollar equivalent of the aggregate sum of N4,846,630,000,00 (Four Billion, Eight Hundred and Fifty-Six Million, Six Hundred and Thirty Thousand Naira) only removed from the accounts of the Nigerian Air force, when you reasonably ought to have known that the said funds formed part of the proceeds of your unlawful activity (to wit: criminal breach of trust and corruption) and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15(2) (b) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act,2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.’

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