EFCC Tells Court How Ex-NAF Chief, Amosu Stole N2.7bn, Bought Properties Abroad

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Tuesday told a Lagos federal high court that it had discovered two properties which a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Adesola Amosu (rtd.), unlawfully bought in the United Kingdom with funds belonging to the Nigerian Air Force.

An operative of the EFCC, Tosin Owobo, stated this at the resumed trial of Amosu and 10 others for an alleged fraud of N22.8bn perpetrated within NAF between March 2014 and April 2015.

The EFCC said investigation by its operatives showed that Amosu purchased the foreign properties with the help of a Bureau De Change company, Right Option Oil and Gas.

The anti-graft agency alleged that Amosu removed over N600m from NAF’s operations account and sent it to Right Option Oil and Gas, which in turn converted it to $3m to purchase two properties for Amosu in the UK.

According to the EFCC claimed this was apart from the N2.1bn, which the former Air chief stole from NAF and used to purchase diagnostic equipment for a hospital, Solomon Health Care Ltd., personally owned by him.

Mr. Amosu and other defendants are facing trial before Justice Mohammed Idris since their arraignment on June 29, 2016 on 26 charges bordering on theft and money laundering.

Other defendants are a former Chief of Accounts and Budgeting at the Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Jacob Adigun; and a former Director of Finance and Budget, Air Commodore Olugbenga Gbadebo.

The EFCC accuse them of diverting N22.8bn, belonging to the NAF, using a number of companies.

The said companies were also joined as defendants in the charge. They are 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.

 

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