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N21.4bn fraud: EFCC re-arraigns former chief of air staff, amosu

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday re-arraigned a former Chief of Air Staff, Adesola Amosu, before a Federal High Court in Lagos, over alleged N21.4 billion fraud.

Mr Amosun, a retired air marshal, was re-arraigned alongside, Jacob Adigun, an air vice marshal and Olugbenga Gbadebo, an air commodore, on a 13-count charge.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the trio was first arraigned in June 2016, alongside some companies before Justice Mohammed Idris.

Their re-arraignment before Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke on Tuesday followed the elevation of Mr Idris to the Court of Appeal.

They pleaded not guilty to the charges while the court allowed them to continue with the bail granted by the previous judge.

NAN also reports that as a result of Justice Idris’ elevation, Mr Amosun’s trial which has lasted over two years in court is beginning afresh before Mr Aneke.

In the amended charge, the EFCC dropped the names of the companies which were joined as accused in the earlier charge.

The companies are: Delfina Oil and Gas Ltd, Mcallan Oil and Gas Ltd, Hebron Housing and Properties Company Ltd, Trapezites BDC, Fonds and Pricey Ltd and Solomon healthcare Ltd.

Prior to their re-arraignment on Tuesday, Mr Aneke, had in a ruling rejected the prayer by the defence that the companies whose names were removed from the charge be first pronounced discharged and acquitted before any further action.

But Mr Aneke in his ruling faulted the argument of the defence and directed that the amended charges be read to the accused.

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