‘EFCC hands over seized $2.15m hospital to Air Force’

by Azeez Adeniyi

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has handed over an hospital with equipments worth over $2.15m which was seized from a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (retd.), to the Nigerian Air Force, Punch reports.

It was learnt that the hospital located on Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos, has a Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine which costs well over $1m.

A source also confirmed the handing over of the hospital.

He said, “The hospital has very expensive equipment including an MRI machine which is very rare. However, we could not manage the hospital so we handed it over to the air force pending the outcome of Amosu’s trial. It is assumed that the money used in buying the hospital was stolen from the air force.”

Amosu is standing trial before a Federal High Court for allegedly stealing N22.8bn from the coffers of the Nigerian Air Force between 2014 and 2015.

He has been accused alongside a former Chief of Accounts and Budgeting in NAF, Air Vice Marshal Jacob Adigun (retd.); and a former Director of Finance and Budget, Air Commodore Olugbenga Gbadebo (retd.).

The accused have however pleaded not guilty.

The EFCC has also seized a house on Adeyemo Alakija Street, GRA Ikeja worth N250m; a duplex at House 11, Peace Court Estate, GRA Ikeja worth N110m; a N40m property located at NAF Harmony Estate, Asokoro base; a five-bedroomed house at Valley NAF Estate, Port Harcourt, worth N33m and a N95m house on Umaru Dikko Street, Jabi, all belonging to Amosun.

The agency is also making plans to seize Amosu’s house at 50 Tenterden Grove, NW41TH, London worth about £2m.

Other properties seized from the trio are plazas, schools, mansions, farms and a quarry.

It was gathered that almost N2.835bn cash has been recovered from Amosu alone.

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