EFCC Re-arraigns Amosu, Others Over Alleged N21.4bn Fraud

A former Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Adesola Amosu (retd), was Tuesday re-arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos, over alleged N21.4bn fraud.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) re-arraigns Amosu alongside Air Vice Marshal Jacob Adigun and Commidore Olugbenga Gbadebo, on a 13-count charge.
The defendants were first arraigned in June 2016, alongside some companies before Justice Mohammed Idris.
Their re-arraignment before Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke on Tuesday followed the elevation of Justice Idris to the Court of Appeal.
They pleaded not guilty to the charges while the court allowed them to continue with the bail granted them by the previous Judge.
Amosun’s trial which has lasted over two years in court is beginning afresh before Justice Aneke.
In the amended charge, the EFCC dropped the names of the companies which were joined as accused in the earlier charge.
The companies are: Delfina Oil and Gas Ltd, Mcallan Oil and Gas Ltd, Hebron Housing and Properties Company Ltd, Trapezites BDC, Fonds and Pricey Ltd and Solomon healthcare Ltd.
Prior to their re-arraignment on Tuesday, Aneke, had in a ruling rejected the prayer by the defence that the companies whose names were removed from the charge be first pronounced discharged and acquitted before any further action.
Aneke in his ruling faulted the argument of the defence and directed that the amended charges be read to the accused.
In the first count, the EFCC alleged that the accused conspired to covert a total sum of N21.4bn property of the Nigerian Air Force which sum they reasonably ought to have known formed part of proceeds of a criminal breach of trust.
The anti-graft agency alleged that the accused persons diverted the sums using several companies.
The prosecution said the accused committed the offences on March 5, 2014.
It said the offences contravened the provisions of Sections 15 and 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011
Aneke adjourned the case until November 14 for continuation of trial.

Author: News Editor

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