Ex-Chief Of Air Staff Arrested By EFCC Over Arms Procurement Fraud


Nigeria’s former Chief of Air Staff, Adesola Amosu, was arrested and is being questioned by Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), as part of an investigation into the alleged diversion of the #DasukiGate funds intended to fight Boko Haram.

A source close to the probe said on Thursday, that the retired air marshal is also being investigated amongst other acts for reportedly authorizing the purchase of two helicopters without functional rotors. He added that the former top military officer 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 an unserviceable 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.

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The source claimed that EFCC investigators had so far traced nine luxury homes to Mr. Amosu. The retired officer’s suspected homes include an imposing property in the Government Reservation Area (GRA) of Ikeja in Lagos State – a property estimated at more than N350 million.

A statement from President Muhammadu Buhari’s office on January 15 said the EFCC probe into alleged weapons procurement fraud had been widened to include 17 former or serving high-ranking officers. They included the former Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, whom Buhari replaced last year, it added:

“The probe would look at ‘the roles of the officers and the… companies and their directors in fundamental breaches associated with the procurements’ by former national security advisor Sambo Dasuki and the air force, the statement read.”

The material either never materialized, was over-priced or deficient, according to a panel looking into the procurement.

Prosecutors allege the money was channeled to the then-ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to fund Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election campaign last year.

A no-nonsense anti-corruption campaigner and former military ruler, in the first democratic transition of power between political parties in Nigeria’s history, Buhari has embarked on a wide-ranging crackdown on endemic graft since taking office last year, leading to a slew of arrests and charges, particularly against senior PDP members and supporters.

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