Federal High Court in Abuja, discharged and acquitted former Chief of Air Staff on corruption and money laundering charges

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has discharged and acquitted a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Mohammed Dikko – Umar on six of the seven counts of corruption and money laundering charges levelled against him.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had arraigned Air Marshal Dikko – Umar on a seven-count charge bordering on money laundering, criminal breach of trust and corruption to the tune of N9.7billion.

In a ruling, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba acquitted Dikko on the grounds that the prosecution was not able to link the defendant with removal of money from the Nigeria Air Force account for purchase of any of his houses in Mabushi and Asokoro in the Federal Territory,Abuja, Kano and Kaduna as alleged.

Justice Dimgba held that there was no evidence that the defendant violated any of the provisions of the Money Laundry Act.

However, on count seven, Justice Dimgba refused the no case submission of the defendant’s counsel, Chief Onyechi Ikpeazu.

He held that the sum of N66 million was transferred from NAF operations account for the renovation/improvement of Dikko Umar’s Asokoro extension house.

Speaking to journalists after the ruling, the prosecution counsel, Mr. Sylvanus Tahir said the ruling had weakened his moral in the fight against corruption.

The matter has been adjourned until the 28th and 29th of April, this year.


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