By OLUGBENGA SOYELE, Lagos
Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday adjourned to June 14, the ongoing trial of former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Amosu Nunayon Adesola, and two other Air Force Chiefs, who are being tried over alleged N22. 8 billion fraud.
Amosu, was arraigned on June 29 last year by the EFCC alongside two senior serving Air Force officers, Air Vice Marshal Jacob Bola Adigun and Air Commodore Gbadebo Owodunni Olugbenga and seven companies before Justice Mohammed Idris.
Companies named in the charge are 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.
The EFCC accused them of conspiracy, stealing, money laundering, concealing of proceeds of crime and conversion of funds belonging to the Nigerian Airforce to their personal use around March 5, 2014 in Lagos.
They were also accused of concealing “proceeds of crime” and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 and punishable under Section 17(a).
However, the defendants had pleaded not guilty to the charges, a development which made the trial judge, Justice Mohammed Idris to
grant Amosun, Adigun and Olugbenga bail in the sum of N500 millioneach with two sureties in like sum.