Nigeria’s former Air Force chief re-arraigned for money laundering

Air Commodore Mohammed Umar | Photo Credit: Easy Private Jet

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday re-arraigned Mohammed Umar, a former Chief of Air Staff, in the federal High Court, Abuja.

Mr. Umar was re-arraigned on a 7-count charge of money laundering before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Mr. Dimgba, in his ruling after counsel arguments, held that the defendant should continue to enjoy the bail conditions earlier granted by Justice Binta Nyako.

He, however, ordered the defendant to provide two sureties who must be civil servants or top management staff of private companies in the jurisdiction of the court excluding satellite towns within two weeks.

The judge adjourned the matter till February 13 to 16 for trial.

At the resumed hearing, Tahir Sylvanus, the Prosecuting Counsel, told the court the matter was for re-arraignment.

Mr. Sylvanus urged the court to accept the charge and allow same to be read to the defendant for his plea.

Hassan Liman, counsel to the defendant, prayed the court to allow his client continue with the bail and conditions already granted by Mrs. Nyako.

He said the defendant had not violated any of the conditions set out by Mrs. Nyako, adding that his client had been around to stand his trial.

Mr. Sylvanus did not oppose Mr. Liman’s oral application, contending that such decisions were left to the discretion of the court.

He, however, prayed the court to compel the defendant to present sureties before the court as guarantors for his bail.

He said the prosecution was not comfortable when Nyako admitted the defendant to bail on own recognisance.

The EFCC had on May 11, 2016, arraigned Mr. Umar before Justice Nyako before it was transferred to Justice Dimgba.

Mrs. Nyako had granted the defendant bail on own recognisance.

The prosecution said the offence contravened Section 15(2) (b) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011, as amended.


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  • Nuhu Abba

    Premium Times, Mohamed Umar in the center of this case was never a Chief of Air Staff please.

    • Impulse400

      Who took over from Oluseyi Pentirin in 2010…?

  • yelwa

    when was mohammed umar ever chief of air staff? quack journalism.

    • Impulse400

      2010 – 2012.

      Quack readership.

  • Fantastic

    This is Mohammed umar that bought house for magu, why was he not charged before now? Magu just want to use this to clear his name for senate to confirm his appointment

    • Impulse400

      1. But it has been established that the house in question was rented for two years for Magu by Federal Government. Why do you still insist that Umar bought it…?

      2. And here is where i am infuriated by your daft quote. The report states clearly that he was granted and is enjoying bail given by a different judge and is being “re-arraigned”. WTF!!! would you ask why he is just being charged…?

      Who is paying you to tarnish Magu’s image…? Are you a member of NASS…?

  • Impulse400

    Premium Times, kindly stop using this common picture as Mohammed Dikko Umar. As limited as my Natural Facial Recognition System is, I am certain that this is not the guy that was re-arraigned yesterday.

    He is not this black, he wears glasses and he doesnt keep an Afro.

    Asides this, keep up your good work.