The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has recovered the sum of N381 million from the wife of ex-Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, Mrs. Omolara Amosu. This is in addition to the sum of $117,000 cash seized by the EFCC during a raid on the home of the former Air Marshal.
EFCC said the money which is part the $2.1 billion meant for arms was recovered in three tranches: N180 million, N101 million and N100 million respectively.
“We recovered N381 million from Amosu’s wife, Omolara. Initially, we recovered N180m from her account before another N101m and then N100m. These were monies transferred from Air Force accounts.”
The commission further explained that “Tthey (Air Force officers) sent the money to an account where their wives have interests or are signatories without doing anything.”
The former Chief was arrested some weeks back by EFCC in connection with the $2.1 billion arms scam. Reports also has it that the former air boss was also being investigated for authorizing the purchase of two helicopters without functional rotors which he later compelled two air force officers to fly in one of the helicopters after the craft was equipped with a rotor that was taken from a non-serviceable Russian-made helicopter gunship. The air force officers died in a crash near Yola, the capital of Adamawa State, because the rotors fitted on their chopper was too heavy.
Air Vice Marshal J.B. Adigun, the immediate past Chief of Accounts and Budgeting of NAF is also being probed by the Commission. Few weeks ago, houses worth over N2 billion belonging to Adigun which were located in Ikoyi and Victoria Island of Lagos allegedly seized by EFCC.
Another source from the commission told newsmen that Amosu, Adigun and over nine air force officers are still being investigated by the anti-graft agency for the procurement of equipment which was said not to be transparent.
“Adigun is still here with us. We recovered a quarry which he owns. In the quarry there were pieces of equipment worth about $600,000. They have all been impounded and investigations are ongoing,” he added.
Last week ex-director of Finance and Budget of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore O. O. Gbadebo allegedly returned the sum of N84 million to the EFCC. The money which was part of the money budgeted for the procurement of weapons was reportedly diverted from the account of the Air Force.