Twenty exotic cars have been surrendered to the Federal Government by the son of a former Chief of Air Staff, who is facing trial for $2.1billion arms deal.
More than five properties and over N2billion have been seized from the former Chief of Air Staff, who served in ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
Three former Chiefs of Air Staff are facing trial over the arms procurement (between 2007 and 2015) scandal.
They include Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (who later became a Chief of Defence Staff); Air Marshal Adesola Amosu and Air Marshal Mohammed Dikko Umar.
The three air chiefs were accused of alleged fraud —Badeh (N3.9 billion); Umar (N7.8billion) and Amosu (N22.8 billion).
All the former Air chiefs pleaded not guilty to the charges. Two (Umar and Amosu) initially opted for a plea bargain. But Umar has reconsidered his position on an out-of-court settlement.
The Presidential Special Investigative Committee, led by Air Vice Marhsal JON Ode, uncovered the 20 expensive cars which were believed to have been bought with Nigeria Air Force (NAF) funds.
It was gathered that the former officer’s son has never worked. He could not have earned so much to buy the cars found in his garage, a source close to the investigation said.
A source, who spoke in confidence, said Nigerians had not heard half of what the Ode Committee uncovered.
“In the course of the committee’s work, it was discovered that Air Force funds were used to buy 20 choice cars for the son of the ex-Chief of Air Staff. All those involved had no justification for the purchase other than the allegation that the boy was a car freak.
“Air Force cash was also used to buy a house for this son of the ex-Air Chief. All the expensive cars / SUVs and the house have been temporarily forfeited to the Federal Government.