Adesola Amosu, has been arrested and detained by the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over allegations of massive fraud
that characterized arms procurement during his tenure.
An EFCC source told SaharaReporters that the retired air marshal is
being investigated amongst other acts for reportedly authorizing the
purchase of two helicopters without functional rotors. He added that the
former top military officer later compelled two air force officers to
fly in one of the helicopters after the craft was equipped with a rotor
that was taken from an unserviceable Russian-made helicopter gunship.
The air force officers died in a crash near Yola, the capital of Adamawa
State, because the rotors fitted on their chopper was too heavy.
The source claimed that EFCC investigators had so far traced nine
luxury homes to Mr. Amosu. The retired officer’s suspected homes include
an imposing property in the Government Reservation Area (GRA) of Ikeja
in Lagos State. Our source stated that the Ikeja property is estimated
at more than N350 million.
President Muhammadu Buhari recently asked the EFCC to launch a broad
investigation of serving and retired military officers suspected of
looting funds budgeted for the procurement of weapons and other tools
for the Nigerian military to support the war against Islamist insurgents
in the country’s northeast.
One EFCC source revealed that agents of the anti-corruption agency
were working diligently on numerous investigations involving other top
officers who may have milked the defense budget.