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How We Recovered N2.4bn, $115,000 From Ex-Air Chief, Amosu – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC0 has told a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos how it recovered the sums of N2.4 billion and $115,000 allegedly diverted by the former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (rtd).

An EFCC investigative officer, Tosin Owobo, told Justice Mohammed Idris on Tuesday that Air Marshall Amosu returned the N2.4bn via bank drafts at the agency’s Lagos and Abuja offices.

Owobo added that his team also recovered the $115,000 in one of Amosu’s residences.

The Former Chief of Air Staff, Amosu is standing trial alongside a former Nigeria Air Force (NAF) Chief of Accounts and Budgeting, Air Vice Marshal Jacob Adigun, and a former Director of Finance and Budget, Air Commodore Olugbenga Gbadebo.

They were accused of diverting about N22billion allegedly belonging to the Nigerian Air Force, an offence to which they all pleaded not guilty.

The defendants subsequently explored a plea bargain arrangement with the anti-graft agency.

At the proceedings on March 27, Owobo also informed the court that apart from the money, other funds, cars and landed property were seized from the defendants.

“About N100m was recovered from the third defendant Air Commodore Gbadebo. Funds recovered through Air Marshall Amosu’s wife were also put at about N383 million,” the witness told the court.

He listed the recovered vehicles to include a bulletproof Lexus LX 570, a bulletproof Land Cruiser Sports Utility Vehicle and a Toyota Avalon car.

According to the EFCC investigator, various landed properties and buildings were also recovered from the second defendant.

After listening to the witness, Justice Idris adjourned the case till April 18.



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