Thursday, January 28, 2016

Arms Deal: EFCC Arrests Nigeria's Ex Chief of Air Staff 'Adesola Amosu'

Nigeria's immediate past Chief of Air Force, Adesola Amosu, has been arrested by the EFCC over N29bn arms deal fraud.

Air Vice Marshal Amosu, who was retired last year, alongside other military chiefs, are allegedly being detained over allegation of corruption in arms procurement during his tenure.

The Arms deal probe panel report, as released by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, on January 15,had said, “A major procurement activity undertaken by ONSA for NAF was that concerning the contracts awarded to Societe D’ Equipment Internationaux (SEI) Nig Ltd.

“Between January 2014 and February 2015, NAF awarded 10 contracts totalling Nine Hundred and Thirty Million, Five Hundred Thousand, Six Hundred and Ninety US Dollars ($930,500,690.00) to SEI Nig Ltd.

“Letters of award and End User Certificates for all the contracts issued by NAF and ONSA respectively did not reflect the contract sums. Rather, these were only found in the vendor’s invoices, all dated 19 March 2015.

Additionally, some of the award letters contained misleading delivery dates suggesting fraudulent intent in the award process. The observed discrepancies are in clear contravention of extant procurement regulations.

Premium Times

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