Former Chief of Air Staff Arrested For Money Laundering

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has filed an amended charge against the former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu and others at the Federal High Court in Lagos.

Presiding Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke adjourned and fixed November 6 for the fresh arraignment, which seek to reduced the initial 36-count criminal charge to 13.

Amosu was charged, alongside former Nigeria Air Force’s Chief of Accounts and Budgeting, Air Vice Marshal Jacob Adigun and a former Director of Finance and Budget, Air Commodore Olugbenga Gbadebo.

The EFCC said the trio, on or about March 5, 2014 in Lagos, conspired to convert N21,467,634,707.43 property of the NAF, which sum they reasonably ought to have known forms part of proceeds of your unlawful activities to wit: criminal breach of trust.

The alleged offence is contrary to Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15(3).

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge when they were first arraigned before Justice Mohammed Idris, who was elevated to the Court of Appeal after the EFCC had called several witnesses in the trial.

When the case came up on Monday before Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke who took over from Justice Idris, prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, said he filed an amended charge.

But defence counsels, Bolaji Ayorinde and Norrisson Quakers said they would challenge the charge.

The defendants were also accused of transferring N1billion on September 2 and 4, 2014 from the NAF to Rite Options Oil and Gas Ltd and Juda Oil Ltd.

They were alleged to have made several other transfers amounting to N21billion to different companies such as Delfina Oil and Gas Ltd, Mcallan Oil And Gas Ltd, Lebol Oil and Gas Ltd, Trapezites Bureau De Change, Hebron Housing and Properties Company Ltd, Deegee Oil and Gas Ltd and Timsegg Investment Ltd.


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