– Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (rtd), a former chief of air staff, has
reportedly returned N2.6 billion to the federal government
– Mr Amosu pleaded not guilty to all charges and were granted
N500 million bail
Details of the trial of Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (rtd), a former
chief of air staff, by the Federal High Court in Lagos heard on
Wednesday have become known.
The Nation reports that the ex-marshall returned N2.6 billion to the
federal government and has cooperated with the prosecution since
his arrest in January.
Recall that Mr Amosu was arraigned alongside Gbadebo
Olugbenga, an air commodore on on a 7-count charge of money
laundering filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
The duo was charged with laundering N21 billion from the NAF on
March 5, 2014 and concealing “proceeds of crime”. However,
both pleaded not guilty to all the charges and were granted bail in
the sum of N500 million each .
Arguing the bail application Mr Amosu’s lawyer, Chief Bolaji
Ayorinde (SAN), said: “He has remitted colossal sums of money to
the federal government, although not in admittance of guilt, but out
of cooperation with security agencies.
My application is that bail be granted to the first defendant on self-
recognisance. Let those terms be liberal. He has been reporting to
the EFCC, sometimes twice a week. The first defendant will make
himself available for trial.”
Earlier the EFCC reported on seizing at least 29 properties from ex-
air force chiefs in the on-going anti-corruption war .
Some of the properties seized from Amosu included a house on
Adeyemo Alakija Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, worth N250m; a
duplex at House 11, Peace Court Estate, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, worth
N110m; a N40m property located at NAF Harmony Estate, Asokoro
Base and a five-bedroomed house at Valley NAF Estate, Port
Harcourt, worth N33m.
Others include a hospital on Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Ikeja, known as
St. Solomon Hospital with equipment worth $2.15m.