Embattled Air Force chiefs under detention in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have reportedly begged the federal government through their counsels to allow them remit the sum of N61billion to government coffers to stop the anti-graft agency from initiating ‎prosecution against them.
The move is said to be initiated by embattled former Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh and immediate past Chief of Air Staff, Amosun through their lawyers.
A highly placed source at the EFCC told Nigerian Pilot that the proposal was sold to the acting chairman of the commission, ACP Ibrahim Magu through Badeh and Amosun’s lawyers but the chairman rejected the request saying that plea bargain is not known to Nigerian constitution and law.
According to the source, embattled Badeh and Amosun’s wives’ bank accounts are under investigations as over N5billion was traced into the two accounts with a new generation bank.
‎During the weekend, one of the Nigerian Air Force, NAF chiefs implicated in the $2.1 billion arms deal and put under house arrest at Niger Barracks, Abuja , returned N66million of the N90million, allegedly traced to him, to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Consequently, the officer, a Principal Staff Officer at NAF Headquarters, was released from detention and asked to go and look for the balance of the money.
Another EFCC source, however, said this did not mean he is completely exonerated.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that the other officers being detained by the NAF high command, on behalf of the EFCC, were not allowed the privilege because they had refused to cooperate fully with the EFCC interrogation team although some had returned exotic cars and other valuables.
It was also gathered that an Air Commodore, said to have benefitted from the arms deal and has properties in Dubai, Kaduna and Abuja, has been arrested and is in detention.
One of the detained Air Vice Marshals is said to be the leader of the team that went to buy aircraft with incomplete parts and also inflated the price from $6million to over $30million.
The NAF high command had, on Thursday last week, stepped up its anti-corruption war with the removal of some officers, including Air Officers Commanding and Principal Staff Officers fingered in the arms deal and appointed new Air Officers Commanding.
The embattled wife of a former Chief of Air Staff, Mrs. Lara Amosu, detained overnight by the EFCC, has been freed.
Nigerian Pilot also gathered that the wife was detained following certain accounts related to her husband, being investigated in connection with the $2.1 billion arms cash, allegedly traced to her.
Although the exact figure and details of the accounts were not made public, EFCC was said to have interrogated her for hours last week in Lagos.
But a source close to the investigation confirmed the woman had been released on bail.
“She is not in our custody, having been granted administrative bail. She will be asked to report back whenever we need her for further investigation,” the source said.
The source said the money allegedly recovered from the former air chief’s house in Lagos had been kept as exhibit to be used when the trial of suspects in the arms deal begins.
The source further alleged that some properties belonging to the former CAS were also held in trust for him by Lara and her children. There were earlier reports that the anti-graft agency had uncovered N17.5billion in the accounts of wives of three air force chiefs.
Efforts to reach the spokesman of EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren to comment on the development proved abortive as his mobile phones failed to go through.

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