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Court adjourns N21b fraud trial of ex-air chief Amosu, others to June 7

THE Federal High Court in Lagos has adjourned the hearing for the alleged N21 billion scam involving a former Chief of Air Staff, Adesola Amosu, and two others to June 7.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Amosu for alleged conspiracy and diversion of monies belonging to the Nigerian Air Force to their own use. He is being charged alongside a former Chief of Finance and Budgeting and a former Director of Finance and Budgeting, Air Commodore Gbadebo Owodunni.

On Tuesday, November 13, 2018, the anti-graft agency re-arrested Amosu and the defendant on an amended 13-count charge involving N21 billion in money laundering.

The first prosecution witness, Okechukwu Akube, narrated how the sum of N2 billion was transferred from the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) into the NAF Special Emergency Account on September 15, 2014, and September 23, 2014 respectively.

When asked by the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, SAN, to disclose his findings regarding where the funds deposited in Exhibit A3, which is a statement of account of the NAF Special Emergency Account, ended up, Akube stated that several transfers were made into Delfina Oil and Gas Limited, McAllan Oil And Gas Limited, and Trapezites BDC.

Even more sums of money were remitted to Divention Construction Limited from these three companies, he added.

When questioned what business his team had with the property on 40A Bourdillon Street, Ikoyi, Lagos, as well as his findings during investigations, the witness revealed that “Divention Construction Limited was one of the recipients of the money” after NIMASA inflows were received.

According to him, further investigations revealed that the funds from exhibit A24 were utilized to acquire a property, 40A, Bourdillon Street, Ikoyi, Lagos, on behalf of the second defendant for personal use.

The case was postponed until June 7 and 8, 2023, to allow for the continuation of the trial.

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