N29bn Arms probe: EFCC detains ex-Chief of Air Staff, Amosu

ABUJA—Following his alleged indictment in the N29 billion arms probe, former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Adesola Amosu, was, Wednesday, invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, grilled on his role and detained because all issues pertaining to his alleged indictment were not concluded.

Air Marshal Adesola
Air Marshal Adesola

This came as former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, said President Muhammadu Buhari’s government was prosecuting the war against the Boko Haram insurgency with arms his administration procured. Operatives of the EFCC were said to have continued the interrogation of the former Air Chief, yesterday, at EFCC headquarters and at press time, Amosu was still with the anti-graft agency.

Sources disclosed that Air Marshal Amosu arrived EFCC premises in the evening of Wednesday, but was later joined by some other officers of the ranks of Air Vice-Marshals, some of who served under him as Principal Staff Officers or Directors at the Headquarters of the Nigerian Air Force.

Asked if the former Air Chief will be granted administrative bail since he honoured his invitation, a source said that depended on the level of the interrogation. NAF under Amosun, was alleged to have admitted receiving non-existent ammunition and aircraft, a development which a presidential panel frowned at. President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the probe of arms procurement and the panel indicted top military and political actors who are being tried in court.

Many other top military officers named in the arms scam have had their property sealed as a first step towards confiscating them. Efforts to get the spokesman of EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren to confirm the interrogation of the former Air Chief proved abortive.

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