- The Court of Appeal in Abuja has sent an ex-Air Force chief, Air Vice Marshal Alkali Mohammadu Mamu, to two years in prison
- The appellate court reversed Mamu's acquittal by the FCT high court
- Mamu who was prosecuted by the EFCC on corruption charges was, however, given an option N500,000 fine
The acquittal of former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Holding Company and Air Force Commanding, Training Command, Air Vice Marshal Alkali Mohammadu Mamu, has been reversed.
Mamu was acquitted of the corruption charges against him by Justice Salisu Garba of the high court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), The Nation reports.
However, a three-man panel of the Court of Appeal in Abuja reversed the acquittal on Wednesday, July 15, convicted and sentenced Mamu to two years’ imprisonment in respect of one, out of the charges preferred by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The appellate court acquitted him on three other counts on the grounds that the prosecution failed to prove those counts.
Mamu was convicted on count two, in which he was found to have “corruptly” accepted a gift of $300,000, through Kalli Fertilizer Company (a firm owned by his daughters) from Himma Abubakar, owner of Societe D’ Equipment International Nig. Ltd (SEI Nig Ltd), a company engaged to supply military equipment to NAF, under Mamu’s supervision.
Mamu was also given an option of N500,000 fine.
He was one of the senior military officers accused of abusing their positions by the presidential committee on the Audit of Defence Equipment Procurement (CADEP), which was mandated to look into contracts awarded for military procurements.
Meanwhile, the anti-corruption campaign of the Buhari administration has come hard on an official in Gombe state who was sentenced to 31 years in prison for money laundering.
Samuel Bulus Adamu, a former chairman of Shongom local government area of Gombe state was sentenced by a court that found him guilty of a seven-count charge bordering on fraud, cheating and money laundering.
The EFCC Gombe zonal office charged the official to court after it received a petition from the TICAN Engineering Enterprises on allegations bordering on fraud, cheating and money laundering to the tune of N97,640, 000.
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