The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has seized houses and other properties said to be owned by the immediate past Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (retd.), and other senior military officers worth as much as N5billion.
The properties, which were seized in the Ikoyi, Ikeja and Badagry areas of Lagos, allegedly belonged to Amosu; the immediate past Chief of Accounts and Budgeting of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice Marshal J.B. Adigun; and Air Commodore O. O. Gbadebo, who was the Director of Finance and Budget at NAF.
A senior EFCC official revealed that the suspects and others are now cooperating fully with the anti-graft agency after seeing real evidence.
The source, who spoke to PUNCH in Abuja, said, “We have sealed a block of 12 luxury flats, located on Agodogba Street, Park View Estate, Ikoyi, belonging to Adigun. It is worth over N1.7bn. The same Adigun also owns another block of luxury flats on Sinari Daranijo Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. It is worth N1.8bn.
“A parcel of land, located on Bourdillon Drive, Ikoyi, worth N908m, belonging to Adigun has also been seized by the EFCC operatives.”
The source added that six other properties had been traced to Adigun, including a set of four terrace houses on Agede Street, off Aminu Kano in the Wuse 2 area of Abuja.
He stated that the properties traced to Amosu were located in the Ikeja area of Lagos metropolis.
The operative said apart from the buildings, Amosu’s vehicles had also been confiscated by the anti-graft agency.
He added, “Amosu confessed to owning an ultra-modern hospital on Adeniyi Jones Avenue in Ikeja. The hospital, St Solomon Health Care Limited, which is worth about N85m, has been sealed off.
“A house located on Adeyemo Alakija Street, GRA Ikeja, near the Ghanaian High Commission, which belongs to Amosu has also been sealed. It is worth over N200m.
“Amosu, who is from Badagry, also built a house in the area. That house has also been sealed off. I cannot state the worth of the house for now.
“We have also seized a bulletproof Toyota Sports Utility Vehicle and a Toyota Avalon, belonging to Amosu. He is cooperating with us.”
The detective said six other properties had been traced to Amosu, including in Harmony Estate in Abuja.
The EFCC source said a block of flats, belonging to Gbadebo, had also been seized.
“Gbadebo was the assistant to Adigun. He is also helping with investigation. He owns a block of eight two-bedroomed flats in a border town between Lagos and Ogun states. He also has a fish pond in the compound. The building has also been sealed off,” he said.
Till date, EFCC detectives are still tracing and sealing off other properties.
Amosu and over 10 senior officers are being probed by the EFCC as part of investigations into the $2.1bn arms scam, especially the 10 contracts of the NAF, said to be worth $930,500,690.00.
Also, the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, is still with EFCC.