- EFCC has said a total of N677,6777,085 was allegedly diverted from the coffers of the Nigerian Air Force between March 2014 and April 2015
- The fund was moved in several tranches into the account of a company identified as Hebron Housing and Properties Company Ltd
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has revealed how a total of N677,6777,085 was allegedly diverted from the coffers of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).
NAIJ.com gathered that on Thursday, May 4, EFCC demonstrated before the Federal High Court in Lagos how the funds were diverted between March 5, 2014 and ended on April 7, 2015.
EFCC revealed that the fund was moved in several tranches into the account of a company identified as Hebron Housing and Properties Company Ltd.
Tosin Owobo, an investigator with the anti-graft agency, stated this at the resumed trial of former Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Adesola Amosu (retd.), and 10 others for an alleged fraud of N22.8bn.
Those standing trial alongside Amosu are a former Chief of Accounts and Budgeting at the NAF, Air Vice Marshal Jacob Adigun; and a former Director of Finance and Budget, Air Commodore Olugbenga Gbadebo
The EFCC alleged that the defendants diverted N22.8bn, belonging to the Nigerian Air Force, using a number of companies. The said companies were also joined as defendants in the charge.
The 11 defendants were arraigned before Justice Mohammed Idris on June 29, 2016 but they pleaded not guilty to the 26 counts pressed against them.
The prosecuting counsel for the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo, led the evidence with a witness identified as Owobo. The witness who was armed with the statement of account of Hebron Housing and Properties Company Ltd., gave a step-by-step account of how the account of the company was credited with a N677,677,085 by the NAF.
The funds, he said, were either transferred from the Nigerian Air Force Special Emergency Operations account or from the HQ NAF Mininstry of Defence account into the account of Hebron Housing and Properties Company Ltd.
Justice Idris adjourned the case till Friday, May 5, to rule on the admissibility of a letter written to the EFCC in respect of Solomon Health Care Ltd., which was also listed as one of the companies used to divert the NAF funds.
In a previous report by NAIJ.com, EFCC has reacted to claims made by deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu that the agency plans to set him up.
NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Ekweremadu spoke on the floor of the Senate raising accusation that the EFCC planned to plant money and guns in his house and then arrest him so as to force him out of power.
Watch this NAIJ.com video of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Emir of Kano, lambasting the Nigerian leadership for not showing any evidence that it is fighting corruption.