According to reports, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Thursday opened its case against a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (rtd), and 10 others, who are being tried for an alleged fraud of N22.8bn.
The defendants, initially arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos on June 29, 2016, had on July 8, 2016, indicated their intention to enter into a plea bargain with the EFCC.
However, at the resumed proceedings in the case on Thursday, the prosecutor called its first witness, a sign of breakdown of plea bargain talks between the parties, Punch reports.
Standing trial alongside Amosu are two other officers of the Nigerian Air Force – Air Vice Marshal Jacob Adigun and Air Commodore Gbadebo Olugbenga.
The trio are being prosecuted by the EFCC alongside eight companies, namely: Delfina Oil and Gas Limited, Mcallan Oil and Gas Limited, Hebron Housing and Properties Company Limited, Trapezites BDC, and Fonds and Pricey Limited.
Among other things, the EFCC accused them of conspiring among themselves on March 5, 2014 to convert N21.5bn belonging to the Nigerian Air Force to their personal use.
The alleged act, the EFCC prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, said was a violation of Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012.
The EFCC’s first witness, Mojeed Olatunji, a Compliance Officer with Skye Bank Plc, on Thursday told the court that the Nigerian Air Force had an account numbered 1750013097 with Skye Bank, which had as its signatories as of January 28, 2014, Air Comdr J.B. Adigun, Air Comdr O.O. Gbadebo and Group Captain B.O.G. Ifeobu.
He told the court that the trio of Adigun, Gbadebo and Ifeobu were the ones who had the mandate on the account and on whose instruction monies were withdrawn from the account.
Armed with the statement of the said NAF’s account with Skye Bank, Olatunji took the court through a number of inflow and outflow of cash transactions carried out on the account.