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» » ANTI-GRAFT:OLISA METUH,EX CHIEF OF AIR STAFF EAGER TO RETURN FUNDS IN EXCHANGE FOR FREEDOM
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Three of those on trial for alleged corruption are eager to return their “loot” for freedom.

They want to refund cash and surrender property to avoid going to jail, it was learnt yesterday.

An Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) source said that the agency got requests from former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Olisa Metuh, ex-Chiefs of Air Staff Air Marshals Adeshola Amosu and Mohammed Dikko Umar.

Metuh is standing trial for allegedly receiving N400 million from the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki. The cash is believed to be part of the $2.1 billion security fund that was allegedly diverted.

Umar was arraigned before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja on a seven-count charge bordering on money laundering, criminal breach of trust and corruption of about N9.7billion.

Amosu was arraigned  at a  Federal High Court in Lagos alongside Air Vice marshal (AVM) Jacob Adigun and Air Commodore Gbadebo Olugbenga, on a 26-count of stealing about N50 billion.

The EFCC source added: “We have formally received letters of plea bargain from three accused persons  — Metuh, Umar and Amosu— we are studying their terms.

“ We may enter into a plea bargain with the accused persons if it will serve the public interest. The interest is getting back the stolen funds. If they can fulfill this condition (public interest), we may accept their offers.”

But he did not specify the details of the request from the accused persons “because we are still studying them”.


Three of those on trial for alleged corruption are eager to return their “loot” for freedom.

They want to refund cash and surrender property to avoid going to jail, The Nation learnt yesterday.

An Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) source said that the agency got requests from former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Olisa Metuh, ex-Chiefs of Air Staff Air Marshals Adeshola Amosu and Mohammed Dikko Umar.

Metuh is standing trial for allegedly receiving N400 million from the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki. The cash is believed to be part of the $2.1 billion security fund that was allegedly diverted.

Umar was arraigned before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja on a seven-count charge bordering on money laundering, criminal breach of trust and corruption of about N9.7billion.

Amosu was arraigned  at a  Federal High Court in Lagos alongside Air Vice marshal (AVM) Jacob Adigun and Air Commodore Gbadebo Olugbenga, on a 26-count of stealing about N50 billion.

The EFCC source added: “We have formally received letters of plea bargain from three accused persons  — Metuh, Umar and Amosu— we are studying their terms.

“ We may enter into a plea bargain with the accused persons if it will serve the public interest. The interest is getting back the stolen funds. If they can fulfill this condition (public interest), we may accept their offers.”

But he did not specify the details of the request from the accused persons “because we are still studying them”.

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