Immediate past Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) says it has seized at least 29 properties from ex-Air Force chiefs in the on-going anti-corruption war.

According to a report by Punch newspaper, among the ex-Air Force chiefs whose properties were seized are the immediate past Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu; a former Chief of Accounts and Budgeting in NAF, Air Vice Marshal Jacob Adigun (retd.); and a former Director of Finance and Budget, Air Commodore Olugbenga Gbadebo (retd.).

While 11 properties were seized from Amosu; 12 were seized from Adigun and six from Gbadebo.

Some of the properties seized from Amosu included a house on Adeyemo Alakija Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, worth N250m; a duplex at House 11, Peace Court Estate, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, worth N110m; a N40m property located at NAF Harmony Estate, Asokoro Base and a five-bedroomed house at Valley NAF Estate, Port Harcourt, worth N33m.

Others include a hospital on Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Ikeja, known as St. Solomon Hospital with equipment worth $2.15m and a N95m house on Umaru Dikko Street, Jabi, Abuja.
The properties seized from Gbadebo include a fish farm worth N10m; a N20m poultry, located at Musa Close, Oyibo Ayobu, Lagos and a school known as Bloomsville International School, Divine Estate, Isheri-Olofin , off Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The three suspects will be arraigned by the anti-graft agency this week.

The retired military officers were accused of diverting public funds to the tune of N21,467,674,707.43 in 2014.

EFCC has charged them before a federal High court in Lagos accusing them of converting N21billion from the Nigeria Air Force around March 5, 2014 in Lagos.

They were also accused of concealing “proceeds of crime” and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 and punishable under Section 17(a).

Prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo Isiokuwa reportedly said 42 witnesses will testify when trial begins.

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