alex badeh
alex badeh

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday arraigned a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Dikko Umar (rtd), on seven counts of alleged money laundering involving diversion of
over N13.5billion during his time as the head of the Nigerian Air Force.
Umar pleaded not guilty to all the seven counts when the charges were read to him before Justice Binta Nyako yesterday.
The judge granted him bail on self recognition shortly after his lawyer, Mr. Hassan Liman, applied for his bail, which the prosecuting counsel, Sylvanus Tahir did not oppose.
But the judge ordered the accused to deposit his passport with the registrar of the court.
One of the counts read: “That you, Air Marshal Mohammed Dikko Umar, whilst being the Chief of Air Staff, Nigerian Air Force, between September 2010 to September 2012 in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of the court, directly converted and removed the United States dollars equivalent of the aggregate sum of N4,846,630,000 (four billion, eight hundred and forty-six million, six hundred and thirty thousand naira) from the accounts of the Nigerian Air Force, when you reasonably ought to have known that the said funds formed part of the proceeds of your unlawful activity, to wit, criminal breach of trust and corruption, and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15(2)(b) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.”
A former director of Finance and Accounts at the NAF, Air Commodore Salisu Yushau (rtd) had revealed before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that some past NAF chiefs diverted N558.2million monthly from funds meant for the payment of salaries of NAF officials.
He told the court that the system was in place when he served under former air chief, M. D. Umar, from 2010 to October 2012.
Umar headed the air force from September 9, 2010, to October 4, 2012.
Calculations by our correspondent showed that N13,528,600,000 was the total sum allegedly diverted for the 23 months he served.
The EFCC arraigned Umar yesterday for his alleged role in the $2.1billion arms scam.
Umar, his successor, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (rtd), and Badeh’s successor, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (rtd), are under investigation by the EFCC for allegedly diverting millions of dollars.
The investigations centred on how 10 contracts totalling $930,500,690 were awarded; the payment of N4,402,687,569.41 for unexecuted contracts; the procurement of two used Mi-24V helicopters instead of the recommended Mi-35M series at $136,944,000; four used Alpha-Jets for the NAF at US$7,180,000 funded by ONSA and the cannibalisation of engines from NAF fleet to justify procurement of jets.
Other areas of investigation include the excessive pricing of 36D6 Low Level Air Defence Radar at $33million instead of $6million per one; the strange transfer of $2million to Mono Marine Corporation Nigeria Limited owned by some air force officers; the N15billion lavished on the maintenance of its Alpha-Jets, C-130H aircraft and Mi-24V/35P helicopters; the N2.5billion contracts awarded to Syrius Technologies (Ukrainian company) not registered in Nigeria and the award of seven contracts worth N599,118,000 to Defence Industry Corporation of Nigeria, in which only two were delivered.
The judge fixed June 7, 8 and 9 for trial.


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  • vic

    SHAMELESS UNPATRIOTIC SMILING THIEF AND ARMED ROBBER, HE THOUGHT HE COULD DEFRAUD THE GOVERNMENT BY THOSE BILLIONS. WELL, THE THIEF WAS WRONG. NOW HE WILL GO TO KUJE PRISON.