EFCC Seals N860 Million Mansion of Former Air Force Chief
A mansion worth about N860 million owned by ex-Air Force Chief, Mohammed Umar has been confiscated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The Punch newspaper reports that the property located at 1853 Deng Xiano Ping Street, off Mahathir Mohammed Street, Asokoro Extension, Abuja, was bearing a sticker with the EFCC logo on its gate indicating that it has been sealed off.
“While being the Chief of Air Staff, Nigerian Air Force, between March and April 2012, in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of the court did the accused (Umar) use the United States dollars equivalent of the sum of N860,000,000 (Eight hundred and sixty million naira) removed from the accounts of the Nigerian Air Force to purchase for yourself a property lying and situate at plot 1853 Deng Xiano Ping Street, off Mahathir Mohammed street, Asokoro extension Abuja,” the charge reads.
The commission claimed that Umar also removed N700 million from accounts of the Nigerian Air Force to buy a property at 14, vistula Close, off Panama Street, Maitama, Abuja.
Umar allegedly removed another N500 million from NAF account to buy a four-bedroom duplex at Road 3B, Street 2, Mabushi Ministers Hill, Abuja.
However, both the Maitama and Mabushi mansions have not been sealed by the EFCC.
Meanwhile, the EFCC is set to turn its searchlight on the Nigerian Navy in continuation of its probe into the procurement of arms.
Following the revelation during the trial of the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh that monies were diverted from the military account into the private accounts of military chiefs, the ministry of finance has directed the EFCC to probe the payroll of the military.
“We were investigating only the army and the air force because they were the ones given funds to fight Boko Haram. Since the battle has only been in the North-East where there is no piracy, the navy was not really involved in the arms deal and we therefore did not focus on them during investigations.
“However, with this new directive, we will go after the navy. We are aware that part of the NIMASA fraud also involved some navy personnel. We will now do a full-scale investigation,” an Unnamed source at the EFCC told the Punch
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