Alleged N21.4bn corruption: Ex-Air chief, EFCC enter plea bargain talks

Alleged N21.4bn corruption: Ex-Air chief, EFCC enter plea bargain talks

- Adesola Amosu told a court he has entered into plea-bargain with the EFCC

- The former chief of air staff is being charged alongside two others for corruption

- They are accused of conspiring to convert N21.4 billion from NAF

Adesola Amosu who is a former chief of air staff and those charged with him for alleged corruption have said they have entered into plea-bargain with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The Nation reports that the former chief of air staff is being charged alongside former Nigeria Air Force director of finance & budget Air Commodore Olugbenga Gbadebo and former NAF chief of accounts & budgeting Air Vice Marshal Jacob Adigun.

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They are being charged for allegedly conspiring to convert N21.4 billion from NAF although they plead not guilty.

Norrison Quakers who is the defence counsel on Wednesday, May 22 told Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke that talks were still ongoing.

He said: “The last time we were in court (April 16), we informed your Lordship about the move to expedite the resolution of this matter out of court.

“We’re yet to conclude the resolution of the ‘conflict’ as it were. We need more time. All parties will soon hold a meeting for the purpose of dotting i’s and cross the t’s, which might require the appropriate processes being filed.”

Prosecution counsel Idris Mohammed also confirmed that talks were still ongoing. “We’re still discussing,” he said.

Justice Aneke adjourned until July 4 “for report of effort at plea bargaining”.

Amosu was on June 29, 2016, arraigned by EFCC alongside Air Vice Marshal Jacob Adigun, Air Commodore Gbadebo Olugbenga and eight companies.

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The companies 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 HealthCare.

The accused are standing trial on charges bordering on conspiracy, stealing and money laundering.

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