- Retired Air Vice-Marshal Alkali Mohammadu Mamu is a free man now
- Mamu was earlier jailed for allegations of bribery filed against him by the EFCC
- The former chief of administration of the Nigerian Air Force has, however, regained his freedom by paying N500,000 fine
Former Chief of Administration of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice-Marshal Alkali Mohammadu Mamu, jailed over bribery charges, has regained his freedom after paying N500,000 fine.
The Court of Appeal in Abuja had on July 15, jailed Mamu in one of the four-count charges of bribery filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The three-member panel of justices, comprising Justices Abdu Aboki, Emmanuel Akomaye Agim and Justice Yargata Byenchit Nimpar, upturned Mamu’s acquittal by an FCT High Court in July 2018 and sentenced him to two years jail term or option of fine N500, 000.
The prosecuting counsel for the EFCC, Sylvanus Tahir, confirmed that the retired air chief opted to pay the fine of N500,000 to regain his freedom.
The lawyer said the defence team had since paid into the coffers of the federal government and have been issued with a certificate of compliance.
Nigeria has recently witnessed an upsurge in the number of corrupt individuals that have been investigated and prosecuted.
However, the country has yet to witness any positive results from the government’s new stance on corruption, as most of the cases currently with the courts tend to be inefficiently prosecuted by the regulatory agency charged with the responsibility.
Over a decade after the establishment of the EFCC and despite the awesome powers which the Act vests in the Commission, opinions are still divided as to whether the EFCC has delivered on its mandate of effectively taming the monster of corruption.
Some critics believe that the EFCC has not done enough to turn the tide against corruption in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the federal government says it has recovered looted funds in excess of N800billion with over 1,400 convictions secured in its famed anti-corruption fight.
This was disclosed by the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday, July 28, at a press conference in Abuja.
The minister reiterated his earlier stance that the Muhammadu Buhari administration’s fight against corruption is as strong as ever.
In a related development, the Integrity Group Against Corruption has raised an alarm alleging that it has uncovered plots by some persons to unseat Nigeria's Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN.
Chairman of the group, Bello Gambo Iliya made the allegation on Tuesday, July 28, while speaking to journalists in Kano state.
According to Iliya, his group has also uncovered an email from one Olaruwanju Suraju who claimed to be the chairman of one Civil Society Against Corruption, which indicates a desperate move to cast aspersions against Malami over his stance on corruption.
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