Army officer who stole 22 billion wants to return it

An embattled former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosun (rtd) and two senior serving Air Force officers who are being prosecuted for fraud have decided for a plea bargain with EFCC.

A plea bargain is an agreement where in a criminal case between the prosecutors (EFCC) and defendant (Amosun) agrees to plead guilty to a particular charge in return for some concession from the prosecutor.

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This may mean that Amosun will plead guilty to a less serious charge, or to one of several charges, in return for the dismissal of other charges.

It could also mean that the Amosun will plead guilty to the original criminal charge in return for a more lenient sentence.

Recall that Amosun and two serving senior air force officers, Air Vice Marshal Adigun, Commodore Olugbenga and some companies were charged before the court on June for fraud.

The three Air Force Officers purportedly converted N22.8 billion belonging to the Nigeria Air Force (NAF), for their personal use.

Yesterday, EFCC’s lead prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, informed the court that the Amosun and other accused officers had commenced a move to enter into a plea bargain with the federal government.

After prolonged arguments between the parties, Justice Idris, in a short ruling, ordered the EFCC to conclude the verification of the defendants’ bail conditions on or before Monday, July 11, 2016.

Justice Idris stated that he had noted from the draft plea bargain that negotiation was already ongoing between the state and the defendants and that the defendants had shown a “clear, positive and strong intention” to settle with the government.

The case was therefore adjourned till September 12 and 13, 2016 for trial.

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Amosun, Adigun and Olugbenga, were allegedly took monies from the accounts of the Nigerian Airforce to purchase properties in London.

The properties are said to be located at 50-52 Tenterden Grove, London (NW41TH) and 93B Shirehall Park, London NW4 2QU, United Kingdom.