War against corruption: N2.4bn recovered from ex-chief of Air Staff, Marshall Adesola Amosu
The Economic and Financial Crimes commission (EFCC) has intensified its’ fight against corruption and embezzlement of public funds by political and public office holders. According to its’ briefing to Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court Lagos, the sum of N2.5 billion and $115,000 have been recovered from the former Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Adesola Amosu rtd.
N383 million was as well recovered from his wife.
In the heat of the on going trial of Amosu over alleged N22.8 billion fraud. It could be recalled the former Chief of Air Staff had been arraigned in June 29, 2016 alongside Air Vice Marshall Jacob Bola Adigun, Air Vice Commodore Gbadebo Owodunni Olugbenga and other companies.
Included in the ongoing charges are: Delfina Oil and Gas Ltd, Mcallan Oil and Gas Ltd, Hebron Housing and Properties Company Ltd. Trapezides BDC, Fonds and Pricey Ltd, Deegee Oil and Gas Ltd, Timsegg Investment Ltd, and Solomon Health Care.
According to a confirmatory statement “About N100 million was recovered from the third defendant, Air Commodore Gbadebo. The funds were also left over in St. Solomon’s bank account, recovered through the first defendant’s wife. About N383 million was recovered through the first defendant’s wife.
Amosu also refunded two bank drafts of N2.4bn in our Lagos and Abuja offices. We also recovered $115,000 In one of the first defendant’s residences. Various landed property and buildings were recovered from the second defendant.”
Among the recovered vehicles include a bulletproof Lexus LX570, a bullet proof Land Cruiser Sports Utility Vehicle and a Toyota Avalon. The matter has however been adjourned to April 18.
Some of the counts against the accused persons read as thus: “That you, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu Nunayon (Rtd), Air Vice Marshal Jacob Bola Adigun, Air Commodore Gbadebo Owodunni Olugbenga, Delfina Oil and Gas Ltd, Mcallan Oil and Gas Ltd., Hebron Housing and Properties Company Ltd., Trapezites Bdc, Fonds and Pricey Ltd., Deegee Oil and Gas Ltd., Timsegg Investment Ltd. and Solomon Health Care Ltd., on or about the 5th day of March, 2014 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, conspired amongst yourselves to commit an offence, to wit: Conversion of the sum of N21,467,634,707.43, property of the Nigerian Air Force, which sum was derived from stealing.
“That you, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu Nunayon (rtd), Air Vice Marshal Jacob Bola Adigun, Air Commodore Gbadebo Owodunni Olugbenga, Delfina Oil and Gas Ltd., Mcallan Oil and Gas Ltd., Hebron Housing and Properties Company Ltd., Trapezites BDC, Fonds and Pricey Ltd., Deegee Oil and Gas Ltd., Timsegg Investment Ltd. and Solomon Health Care Ltd. between the 23rd and 24th day of September, 2014 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, indirectly converted the sum of N976 million, property of the Nigerian Air Force.”
The heat is on, Nigeria is winning the war.
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