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Gratification: Court Discharges, Acquits AVM Mamu



An Abuja High Court 2, sitting in Maitama District and presided over by Justice Salisu Garba, has discharged and acquitted Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Alkali Mamu, over a four-count charge bordering on bribe-taking and gratification.
AVM Mamu, a former Fleet Personnel Officer, Presidential Air Fleet; former Air Training Command, Kaduna, and ex-member of committee for Procurement of the Ministry of Defence, was first arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2016.
The FCT High Court had on Monday, reserved judgment on the matter for yesterday Friday, June 29, 2018, after the trial judge had listened to the submissions of both counsels.
EFCC had alleged that Mamu collected a cash gift of $300,000 and N5.9 million, for the purchase of a Range Rover Evoque, as a member of Procurement and Planning Committee of Ministry of Defence.
The anti-graft agency also alleged that Mamu received two vehicles (Ford Expedition SUV and Jaguar XF Saloon) valued at N15 million and N12 million, respectively, from Societe D’ Equipment Internationaux Nigeria Ltd., a contractor with the Nigerian Air Force.
The commission said the offences contravened Section 17 (a) of the Independent and Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000, and punishable under Section 17 (c) of the same Act.