A former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Adesola Amosun, and 10 others, Friday, said they wished to enter into please bargain with the Federal Government.
They are being tried for an alleged fraud of N22.8bn.
Standing trial with Amosun are two other staff of the Airforce – Air Vice Marshal Jacob Adigun and Air Commodore Gbadebo Olugbenga, alongside eight companies: Delfina Oil and Gas Limited, Mcallan Oil and Gas Limited, Hebron Housing and Properties Company Limited and Trapezites BDC Fonds and Pricey Limited.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had on June 29 arraigned them before a Fedetal High Court, Lagos on a 26-count
The anti-graft agency accused the defendants of converting the N22.8bn 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.
But at the resumed hearing Friday counsels to the defendants said they have indicated interest to enter plea bargain, that is they are willing to refund money without prosecution