Former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (retd.), has reportedly returned the sum of N2.3 billion which he allegedly diverted from the Air Force account while he was in service to the Federal Government.
A reliable source at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) confirmed to the Punch that Amosu issued two bank drafts to the Federal Government as part of the funds allegedly diverted by his office as Chief of Air Staff.
An EFCC source said:
“I can confirm to you that Amosu has returned N2.3 billion. He raised two bank drafts. One draft was N2 billion while the second was N300 million.”
Amosu and his predecessor, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (retd.) were arrested in January in connection with the arms purchase scandal involving former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki. They were been probed the non-specification of procurement costs, absence of contract agreements, award of contracts beyond authorized thresholds, transfer of public funds for unidentified purposes and general non-adherence to provisions of the Public Procurement Act.
The EFCC source said Amosu has been cooperating but Badeh has been very stubborn. “Amosu has been cooperating with us and has been returning funds, he said. However, Badeh was very stubborn. Since he refused to return funds, we took him to court.”
In February, houses belonging to Amosu worth over N500 million was seized by the EFCC and about $140,000 in cash was also recovered in his Badagry home. The anti-graft agency reportedly recovered N381 million from Amosu’s wife, Omolara. The money was recovered in three tranches of N180 million, N101 million and N100 million. This brings to a total of N4 billion recovered so far from Amosu.
The detective said meanwhile, 17 accounts have so far been traced to former Chief of Air staff, Alex Badeh.
“Badeh’s case is in court so I cannot talk much about it. However, even after he was charged, we continued to investigate his case. We have frozen all of his accounts including the dollar accounts he opened here in Nigeria.
“We were told that over N558.2 million was diverted by the office of the Chief of Air Staff monthly and the money was converted to dollars. We were told that air force officers from the rank of air commodore and above all benefited from the money.”
He said the agency believes that even after Amosu had left, money was shared at the Airforce despite several arrests.
“We were told that even in February, these illegal deductions were still made. In due course, our findings will be made public,” he said.