FORMER CHIEF OF AIR THE STAFF ARRAIGNED, GRANTED BAIL ON SELF-RECOGNITION

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The Federal High Court in Abuja is granting the former Chief of the Air Staff, Mohammed Umar bail on self-recognition after he pleaded not guilty to seven-count charge of money laundering preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Umar was arraigned on Wednesday by the EFCC on alleged diversion of over four billion naira belonging to Nigerian Air Force in 2012.

Our Judiciary correspondent Basil Okafor reports that the matter has been adjourned till June 7 for prosecution to call its witnesses. This is second time in 2016 the EFCC is bringing to court two former Chiefs of Air Staff for alleged diversion of billions of naira belonging to Nigerian Air Force for their personal use.

First to be arranged was Alex Badeh who is currently being prosecuted before the Federal High Court in Abuja. At the same court, another former Chief of Air staff, Mohammed Umar pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him. His counsel consequently applied for his bail which the prosecution counsel did not oppose.

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