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Ex-Airforce Chief Amosu’s wife released; CSO decries fake report

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*Civil society group engaged laments “sensational stories”

Wife of the former Chief of Air Staff, Mrs. Lara Amosu, who was detained overnight by the economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] 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 to Vanguard last night that Mrs. Amosu 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. 

A top source said the amount of money recovered from the former Air chief’s house in Lagos had been taken and kept as exhibit to be used when the trial of those involved in the arms scandal begins. 

There were earlier reports that the anti-graft agency had discovered a whopping sum of N17.5 billion in the accounts of wives of three Airforce chiefs. 

Meanwhile, a civil society group, Citizens’ Initiative for Security Awareness (CISA), engaged in creating and spreading security awareness among Nigerians, has cautioned the media against sensational stories as it concerned investigations of some retired and serving military officers allegedly indicted in the ongoing corruption probes. 

A statement signed by Aliyu Dogo, Head of Publicity and Mobilization, CISA, said:

“We frown on the unconscionable concoction of stories and unrelated pictures to tar certain officers in the media.

“Take for instance the story making rounds that $1m dollars was found in drums or in soak- away belonging to a certain officer, yet the soak-away has no sign of breakage nor were Nigerians shown the confiscated money.

“Just so to achieve the intention of demonizing the officers, the picture of drums containing US dollar belonging to the late Colombian drug kingpin, Pablo Escobar, which was unearthed by a Colombian farmer in 2015 are being circulated today in Nigeria as belonging to a Nigerian military officer indicted for corruption. 

“Nigerians were also told of the former Military Assistant to Late Gen. Azazi and Sambo Dasuki, who is a serving Colonel whose house was allegedly broken and millions of dollars were allegedly found inside. 

“This same officer is still in detention for more than 2 months yet no charge has been proffered against him, while the so-called millions of dollars found in his house is not authenticated.

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