- Counsel to retired Air Marshall Adesola Amosu says he is in talks with the EFCC to settle out of court
- The EFCC counsel confirms the discussion between the agency and the former security chief
- The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos adjourns hearing in the case to allow for effective discussion between both parties
Air Marshall Adesola Amosu, a former Chief of Air Staff (CoAS) currently being prosecuted for alleged N21.4 billion fraud against him, has reportedly said he is willing to resume discussion with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Amosu reportedly stated this at a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos saying the discussions would be with a view to achieve a swifter end concerning the allegation.
Amosu is facing 13 counts before the court alongside two other former officers of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), a former chief of account and budgeting, Air Vice Marshal Jacob Adigun, and a former director of finance and budgeting, Air Commodore Gbadebo Olugbenga.
They allegedly conspired to convert the funds belonging to the Nigerian Air Force to their personal use in 2014.
Channels Television notes that it was not the first time Amosu and the EFCC would try to settle out of court. However, such efforts had hit the rocks in the past leading to the commencement of trial against the defendants.
When the case came up on Tuesday, Bolaji Ayorinde, counsel to Amosu, told Justice Chukwujeku Aneke that his client and the other defendants had re-opened talks with the EFCC to achieve a swifter end to the proceedings.
“I had a discussion with the prosecution on behalf of my learned silks and intimated him that this matter is one in which on our part we are trying to look for a swifter end to the proceedings.
“It started in 2016 and could go on and on. We have not even opened our defence. We have tried in the past but we want to try again and so there may be no need to further dissipate energy this afternoon,” he told the court.
This was confirmed by the EFCC counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo.
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Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke then ruled that such discussion is allowed under the laws just as he asked the parties to let the court know when they would be willing to come back to give an update.
The parties to the case later agreed to return to the court on May 23, at noon.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Ibrahim Magu, the acting chairman of the EFCC described electoral malpractices as the worst form of corruption in Nigeria.
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