Ex- Nigeria Air Force Chief, accused of N50 billion fraud, ‘still in plea bargain talks’

Adesola Amosu

A former Chief of Air Staff, Adesola Amosu, who was accused of stealing from the Nigerian Air Force bank account to buy personal properties worth billions of naira, is still in plea bargain talks with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, his lawyer told a federal judge Tuesday.

Norrison Quakers, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, told Justice Mohammed Idris of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court that the plea bargain talks between his client and the EFCC were still ongoing.

Mr. Amosu, a retired Air Marshal, was arraigned in June alongside Jacob Adigun, an Air Vice Marshal, and Gbadebo Olugbenga, an Air Commodore, on a 26-count charge of stealing N50 billion.

Also arraigned with the trio were their companies – 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.

On July 8, the defence team, made up of Mr. Quakers, Bolaji Ayorinde (SAN), Kemi Balogun (SAN) and A. Etuokwu informed the court of their clients’ intention to enter plea bargain.

The members of the team, who had earlier told the judge that their clients had returned “colossal sums” to the federal government, sought an adjournment to perfect their N500 million each bail condition and to “smoothen” their talks with the EFCC.

According to the charge sheet, Mr. Amosu and Mr. Adigun, a former Head of Accounts and Budgeting at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), allegedly removed sums running into billions of naira from NAF’s bank account to purchase properties for themselves in choice locations in Abuja, Lagos, and London.

They include N400 million to renovate and purchase medical equipment for Solomon HealthCare Ltd, 24 Adeniyi Jones Street, Ikeja; N500 million to purchase a property at No. 1 River Street, Wuse 2, Abuja; N240 million to purchase a property at No.61A, Lake Chad Street, Maitama, Abuja; and N370 million property at Agadez Street, off Aminu Kano Crescent, Abuja.

Others are N440 million to purchase a property at Salt Lake Street, Maitama, Abuja; N1.7 billion for property at Agobogba Street, Parkview, Ikoyi; N750 million to purchase Cappadol Mall at Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Wuse 2, Abuja; N1.5 billion for property at Sinari Daranijo Street, Victoria Island, Lagos; and N900 million to purchase a property No. 40A, Bourdillon, Ikoyi.

Outside Nigeria, the duo allegedly withdrew N660 million from the NAF account to purchase two properties at No. 50-52 Tenterden Grove, London (NW4 1TH) and No. 93B Shirehall Park, London NW4 2QU, United Kingdom.

On Tuesday, Rotimi Oyedepo, counsel to the EFCC, said he had brought two witnesses and was ready to invite them to the dock.

But Mr. Ayorinde objected, arguing that the matter was adjourned for mention and not trial.

Other members of the defence team aligned with Mr. Ayorinde, adding that their clients were still in plea bargain talks with the Commission.

In a short ruling, the judge agreed that the court’s records showed the matter had been, indeed, adjourned for mention.

He adjourned till October 20, 21 and 24, 2016 for trial.


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  • vagabonds in power

    The case of Certificate less Bingo Buhari refusing to declare his assets as it relates to the sprawling Asokoro lakeside mansion located at number 9, Udo Udoma Street, Asokoro, Abuja, as revealed by the News Media in Nigeria, is yet to be investigated by EFCC and the Code of conduct Bureau. Simply because Buhari and Aisha Buhari are not Ijaws like Dame Jonathan, Deizani former oil minister–Dudafa or common Orubebe an Ijaw man——!!!!!!!!!!!!—Tribalism again abi–It is the truth–nothing but the truth!!!¨—–as Tinubu——who won two Super sonic jets—-if it is a lie¨!

    Investigations by Nigerian Journalists unveiled that Bingo Buhari’s hidden property situated at a choice location in Asokoro beside an exotic lake few yards away from the Aso Rock Presidential Villa fence, till date remains an untouchable issue in Nigeria. Simply because of his Fulani tribal marks. If this particular property had been owned by an Ijaw man or woman from the Niger Delta–it would have long been seized and sold to either a Fulani or a Yoruba Minister-

    Since his inauguration by the CIA on May 29, heavy security has been deployed around the area surrounding the property. However, Reporters at the risk of their lives managed to take photographs of the sprawling triple-duplex property –which is now making the rounds on the internet.In Nigeria if u are Ijaw and from the Niger Delta woe unto your soul-and your properties—even the ones in your village like that of Tompolo are not spared by the Fulanis and Yoruba! But if Fulani or Yoruba-U are free to steal as much as u can–no qualms-Just like the yet to be investigated Siemens and Halliburton bribery scandal which involves members of the TRIPOD- ati the wife of President–Bingo Buhari-The case still remains in the dark—–including that of Mrs. Abacha and Turai both former first ladies. Their case files are till date no go areas in Nigeria-separation is the only way–out————————-

    • Tambail

      …. Ha ha ha ha ha ha

      I just can’t stop laughing as someone is in pain….in agony while I’m happy! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ….

  • kusanagi

    Plea bargain shouldn’t be for the big fish. Rather for the accountant and those around him. Then use their testimonies to nail Amosu, cease his assets, money and throw him in jail. Why would you enter a deal with him, unless there’s significant jail time which there won’t be.

    Sends the wrong message. Steal money and then enter a deal to see how much you can keep.

    Anti Corruption war dead on arrival.

    • Ijaw Nation on trial

      Because he is not an Ijaw man like Duduafa———-Mrs Jonathan———–Mrs Madueke—————————-Akpobolokeme————Tompolo——————-The EFCC has as a matter of fact, outlived it usefullness to its

      orignal founder,OBJ.

      OBJ is nomore in power,and therefore EFCC must now be dismantled.

      The Chief,Olusegun Obasanjo,our erstwhile President, had in

      his time, used the EFCC to hound his political foes,real or imagined.

      But today,our rogue Fulani President,Muhammadu Buhari has

      reconstituted the EFCC as one of his Jhadist Institutions, like

      his Miyetti Cattlle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria, and its

      ramapaging Fulani Herdsmen, to intimidate and oppress us

      indigenous Nigerians.

      The EFCC is now used by the Caliphate of Sokoto in its grand

      plan to Islamise and make our fatherland its Usman Dan Fodio


      Our Former First Lady,Dame Patience Jonathan,is a daughter of Rivers State and therefore,one of our Oil Princesses.She got

      married to a Bayelsan Oil Princes, Prof. Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan,a former Governor of his State,an erstwhile Vice President of our Republic, and also our EX-President.

      At this juncture,it appers as if the current usurpers of power in

      the polity,are carrying their purported fight against corruption

      too far.

      When has there ever been such a harrasment of our ex- First Families in this country, like in this case of President Jonathan’s?

      Her Majesty,Patience Jonathan is not only the oil Queen of

      Rivers and Bayelsa, but also of our entire Eastern Nigeria.

      She is an untouchable.Period.

      Buhari and his EFCC morons,must plese, leave our Oil Queen alone!!

      • kusanagi

        You’re honestly just as bad as the ‘born to rule’ Hausa Fulani Crazies in the Northern regions.
        But I’m sure you’re just a troll. So…

    • ulama

      Yes, indeed, Kusanagi, anti corruption war is dead on arrival. But why? Because when Buhari began opening the corruption can of worms he noticed, to his consternation, that were 90 percent of the worms were hausa/Fulani. Therefore, case closed. You can even see that during his last trip to the United Nations general assembly, he did not mention anything about fighting ‘kwarapshian’ as he used to, because his fellow world leaders have realized he is just a sham.

    • SayNo2Tribalism

      You are absolutely right. EFCC has all the evidence to nail him. They only need to ‘plea bargain’ with him if they need more info.

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  • FreeNigeria

    How in the world can one military officer steal N50b? This is sickening. No wonder poverty is everywhere in Nigeria.

    • Hank

      They have high IQ in stealing and low IQ in economic development. Lipstick on a pig still a pig… educated morons.

  • Freedom is our goal—-

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    • Rommel

      So now, it is Igbo,Hausa and Yoruba that have conspired against you people? who has stopped your people from entering plea bargain? and let me ask you,do you know the meaning of Dame? who gave Mrs Jonathan the title Dame?

  • Excisionist

    This is the result of culture of corruption instituted by Babangida and the northern Islamist Cabal.