How Ex-Air Chief Amosu and Others 'Occupied N21billion' from Nigeria Air Force Account

The EFCC has uncovered how three previous Nigeria Air Force authorities supposedly redirected N21 billion to their own records from NAF...

The EFCC has uncovered how three previous Nigeria Air Force authorities supposedly redirected N21 billion to their own records from NAF's.

Tosin Owobo, an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) examination officer, yesterday affirmed that three previous Nigeria Air Force (NAF) authorities supposedly redirected N21 billion to their own records from NAF's.

As indicated by The Nation, he said they redirected the money through a few organizations, which they enlisted by and by. None of the organizations had any exchange or contract with NAF, he asserted.

Owobo was affirming in the trial of a previous Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (retd), previous NAF Chief of Accounts and Budgeting Air Vice Marshal Jacob Adigun and previous Director of Finance and Budget Air Commodore Olugbenga Gbadebo.

They were charged before Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court in Lagos.

EFCC blamed them for changing over N21billion from NAF through different organizations.

The organizations are: Delfina Oil and Gas Ltd, Mcallan Oil and Gas Ltd, Hebron Housing and Properties Company Ltd, Trapezites BDC, Fonds and Pricey Ltd, Deegee Oil and Gas Ltd, Timsegg Investment Ltd and Solomon Health Care Ltd.

Driven in confirm by arraignment direct Rotimi Oyedepo, Owobo said N5.9billion was exchanged from NAF's records to Delfina Oil and Gas.

He said after the cash was changed over to dollars, it was given over to Gbadebo, who took it to Adigun, who thusly took it to Amosu.

He said Mcallan Oil and Gas got N6.1billion from NAF. Trapezites BDC got N3.6billion.

Owobo said Deegee Oil and Gas got N800million from NAF accounts. Timsegg got a similar sum.

"These organizations were not into oil and gas. The N21billion was moved from different NAF accounts without allocation," he said.

Owobo said Adigun conceded amid cross examination that he opened Delfina Oil and Gas' financial balance and ran it and the others.

"There was no agreement of notice of comprehension between Delfina Oil and Gas and NAF," he said.

The witness said Adigun fused Mcallan Oil and Gas and opened its ledger, which he additionally worked.

"There was no administration rendered to NAF by the organization," he said.

Owobo said Deegee Oil and Gas' financial balance, which was additionally professedly used to occupy reserves, was worked by Gbadebo..

"He controlled the record which got stores from NAF. There was no agreement or MOU amongst them, and no administration was rendered by Deegee Oil and Gas to NAF.

"Timsegg Investment additionally has a place with Gbadebo. There was no administration rendered by Timsegg to NAF," he said.

Owobo told the court that Adigun possesses Hebron Housing and Properties, which likewise got stores from NAF, regardless of not rendering any administration to it.

As indicated by him, every one of the records had a solitary records officer, Mrs Funke Osinsanmi, at the bank where they were domiciled.

The EFCC agent said the record officer would get guidelines from Gbadebo, liaise with different Bureaux de Change administrators to change over the entireties to dollars, and hand them over to Gbadebo and other NAF "bank sprinters".

Owobo said the financier presented the proprietor of Trapezites BDC to Adigun, who in the end sold the organization to him.

"We talked with Adigun who affirmed to have gotten dollars from Gbadebo. He said he got directions from Amosu on what the dollars were to be utilized for. Some were given over to him (Amosu).

"We talked with Amosu and he affirmed to have gotten dollars from Adigun and that all operations and monetary exchanges were completed by his guideline to the chief of back, and that every one of the withdrawals from the NAF accounts were made through directions from him," the witness said.

Owobo said the assets exchanged from NAF accounts were not some portion of the litigants' pay rates or recompenses.

"The assets in these organization accounts were not their pay rates. The assets originated from different NAF operations accounts which get reserves from CBN for general operations. These were not their pay accounts," he said.

Owobo said a portion of the assets from Hebron Housing and Properties were utilized to get properties for the respondents.

He said a designer, Babatunde Omolehin, of Canon Projects, disclosed to EFCC specialists that he met Adigun who educated him that he claimed Hebron Housing and Properties.

He (Omolehin) therefore got N1.4billion from Adigun to build up a few properties from him.

Owobo said the properties incorporate 40A Bourdillion Road, Ikoyi, which is of 300 square meters; 12 pieces of pads in Parkview Estate, and another 12 squares of pads on Victoria Island.

"The properties were not acquired for the sake of NAF but rather by Adigun. He likewise acquired the properties in Abuja," he said.

Owobo said over N600million was exchanged to an organization, Right Option Oil and Gas, for the buy of two properties in the United Kingdom through Adigun's sibling.

As indicated by him, the organization, thusly, exchanged about $3million to UK for the properties, which he said were not purchased in NAF's name.

"They were for Amosu and Adigun," he said.

Owobo affirmed that N2.1billion was utilized to buy symptomatic hardware from General Electric for Solomon Health Care, professedly possessed by Amosu.

He said General Electric affirmed getting the assets from Solomon Health Care for the hardware, and that the cash was exchanged from Delfina Oil and Gas.

Owobo said so far finished N2billion had been come back to the Federal Government by Amosu. A few properties, he stated, have been incidentally relinquished.

The trial proceeds with tomorrow.



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