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EFCC jitters, denies recovering $1m from Amosu’s soak away

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] has denied its earlier report that it discovered one million Naira from a soak away pit located in the home of the former chief of Air staff, Adesola Nunayon Amosu CFR.

Elombah.com gathered that the actual money recovered from the home of the former Airforce chief was $117,000 and not 1 million as claimed by the anti-graft agency.

It was also gathered that the money was kept in a safe in the house and not in a soak away pit as claimed.

Another money recovered from the house is 200,000 Naira in cash.

The EFCC detectives had explained that the suspects usually used their wives to carry out the shady deals.

He said before transferring money, the Air Force officers would use third parties to set up companies and bank accounts, to which their wives would be signatories.

It was learnt that the military officers would then make phantom transactions and transfer money into the bank accounts of the companies while their wives would take possession of the sums.

“Amosu’s wife, Omolara, was arrested when she came to see her husband in detention. She cooperated with us and we have also recovered money from the company. Adigun’s wife, Helen, also did the same.

However, Mrs Omolara who was detained overnight has been freed. 

Mrs. Amosu was detained following certain accounts related to her husband, Adesola Amosu, who is being investigated in connection with the $2.1 billion arms fund traced to her. 

Although the exact figure and details of the accounts were not made public, EFCC interrogated her for hours, last week. 

But a source close to the investigation, confirmed that Mrs. Amosu had been released on bail. 

About 11 Air Force officers are currently under investigation by the commission

Adigun had been released by the EFCC but it’s not clear whether the NAF chief was released on bail or if he had returned any money to the anti-graft agency.

However, the spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, was unable to confirm the recoveries.

“The investigation into the arms scandal is still ongoing and I am not able to comment on specific recoveries,” he said.

Amosu and 10 senior officers are being probed by the EFCC as part of investigations into the $2.1bn arms scam, especially in relation to the 10 contracts of the NAF, said to be worth $930,500,690.00.

Last week, the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (retd.), was detained by the anti-graft agency.

Both Badeh and Amosu are answering questions on the non-specification of procurement costs, absence of contract agreements, award of contracts beyond authorised thresholds, transfer of public funds for unidentified purposes and general non-adherence to provisions of the Public Procurement Act.

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