N21bn fraud: 21-count charge slammed on ex-Chief of Air Staff

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has slammed a 21-count charge against former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu; a former Chief of Accounts and Budgeting in NAF, Air Vice Marshal Jacob Adigun and a former Director of Finance and Budget, Air Commodore Olugbenga Gbadebo.

The retired military officers are alleged to have diverted public funds amounting to N21,467,674,707.43 in the year 2014.

The EFCC filed the charges before a Federal High Court in Lagos through its lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo.

Delfina Oil and Gas Limited, McCallan Oil and Gas Limited, Hebron Housing and Properties Company Limited, Trapezites BDC, Funds and Pricey Limited, Degree Oil and Gas Limited, Timsegg Investment Limited and Solomon Healthcare Limited were also charged alongside the former military chiefs.

One of the charges read in part, “That you (accused persons) 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 N21,467,674,707.43, property of the Nigerian Air Force, which was derived from stealing, which is contrary to Section 18 (A) of the Money Laundering Act of 2012 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.”

According to other charges, the accused persons had allegedly used some of the companies charged alongside them, which they owned, to award shady contracts to themselves.

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