A former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu Nunayon (retd), two senior serving Air Force officers and eight companies, were on Wednesday, arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on 23 counts charge bordering on fraud, money laundering, and stealing.
The two serving senior Air Force officers arraigned alongside Amosu are Air Vice Marshal Jacob Bola Adigun, Air Commodore Gbadebo Owodunni Olugbenga. The companies are Delfina Oil and Gas Limited, McAllan Oil and Gas Limited, Hebron Housing and Properties Company Limited, Trapezitrs Bureau De Change (BDC), Fonds and Pricey Limited, Deegee Oil and Gas Limited, Timsegg Investment Limited, and Solomon Health Care Limited.
The accused persons were alleged to have committed the offences between March 5, 2014, and May 4, 2015.
The three Air Force officers were alleged to have converted several billions of Naira belonging to the Nigeria Air Force (NAF), to their personal use.
In one of the counts of the charge, the accused persons were alleged to have converted the sum of N21,467,634,707.43 billion, property of the Nigerian Air Force to their personal use.
They were also alleged to have between May 5, 2014 and 4 May 4, 2015 in Lagos, indirectly converted the sum of N5, 291, 306, 950.28 Billion, property of the Nigerian Air Force to their personal use.
Amosu, Adgun and Olugbenga, were also alleged to have between July 17, and September 16, 2014, used the British Pounds Sterling equivalent of sum of N663, 443,291 million, removed from the accounts of the Nigerian Air Force to purchase for themselves two properties situated at 50-52 Tenterden Grove, London (NW41TH) and 93B Shirehall Park, London NW4 2QU, United Kingdom, including other allegations.
However, lawyers to the accused persons Mr Bolaji Ayorinde, Mr Norris Quakers and A. Etuokwu, urged the court to discontinuance the remand application made by the prosecutor against their clients.
Justice Idris has adjourned the trial of the accused persons till July 8.