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Appeal court convicts Air Force Air Vice Marshall


The Court of Appeal in Abuja has reversed the acquittal of an ex Chief of Administration of the Nigerian Air Force Headquarters, Air Vice Marshal Alkali Mamu (retd.). The Air Vice Marshall was accused by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of receiving graft from a contractor with the Nigerian Air Force.

Previously, the AVM was acquitted of the charge by justice Salisu Garba of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Maitama, Abuja, on June 29, 2018, on grounds that the EFCC couldn’t provide sufficient evidence against the AVM.

Mamu was one of the senior Air Force officers accused of abusing their positions by the Presidential Committee on the Audit of Defence Equipment Procurement, which was tasked with probing contracts awarded for military procurements.

The anti graft agency accused Mamu and some other senior officers in the Air Force of receiving bribe from a firm, Societe D’ Equipments Internationaux Nigeria Limited, which was a contractor for the Nigerian Air Force.

He was also accused of receiving $300,000 and N5.9 million as balance for the purchase of a Range Rover Evoque from the firm and its Managing Director, Hima Abubakar.

The defendant was sentenced to two years imprisonment with the option of a fine of N500,000.

The ex AVM opted to pay N500,000.


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