EFCC tells court how $115,000 was recovered from ex-NAF chief’s house

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An investigator with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Tosin Owobo has told the Lagos High Court how the agency recovered N2.4 billion and $115,000 from the residence of the former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu.

Owobo who appeared as a prosecution witness before Justice Mohammed Idris, who is presiding over the trial of Amosu and 10 others said the agency recovered the $115,000 in cash from the ex-NAF chief’s house.

Amosu is being tried for an alleged fraud of N22.8bn.

The N2.4 billion, Owobo said, was recovered as bank draft, while the anti-graft agency also recovered N383 million from Amosu’s wife.

Those standing trial with Amosu are Air Vice Marshal Jacob Adigun and Air Commodore Gbadebo Olugbenga.

Joined with them in the charges are eight companies, which they allegedly used to siphon the N22.8 billion from the coffers of the Nigeria Air Force (NAF).

The companies are Delfina Oil and Gas Limited, McAllan Oil and Gas Limited, Hebron Housing and Properties Company Limited, Trapezites BDC, and Fonds and Pricey Limited.

Led in evidence by the prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, Owobo added, about N100m was recovered from the third defendant, Air Commodore Gbadebo.

“Funds were also left over in the St. Solomon’s UBA account, recovered through the first defendant’s wife.

“About N383m was recovered through the first defendant’s wife. The first defendant (Amosu) also refunded two bank drafts of N2.4bn in our Lagos and Abuja offices. We recovered $115,000 in one of the first defendant’s residences.”

Owobo listed the recovered vehicles to include a bulletproof Lexus LX 570, a bulletproof Land cruiser Sports Utility Vehicle and a Toyota Avalon.

“Various landed properties and buildings were recovered from the second defendant.”

Justice Idris adjourned further proceedings in the case till April 18.

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