Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Court acquits ex-NAF chief of administration of bribery charge

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JUSTICE Garba Salisu of a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), sitting at   Maitama, Abuja, yesterday discharged and acquitted a former Chief of Administration of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Alkali Mamu (retd) of the bribery charge preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The anti-graft agency had on June 21, 2016, arraigned Mamu on a four-count charge bordering on receiving a bribe.

He was alleged to have collected a cash gift of $300,000 and N5.9 million for the purchase of a Range Rover Evoque as well as receiving two vehicles; Ford Expedition SUV and Jaguar XF Saloon valued at N15 million and N12 million respectively from Societe D’ Equipment Internationaux (SEI) Nigeria Limited while facilitating a covert assignment of the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) in the war against terrorism.

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Delivering judgment in the case, Justice Salisu held that with the preponderance of evidence before the court, the EFCC failed to establish a prima facie case against the retired NAF chief.

The judge further held that the prosecution had failed to prove that the Managing Director of SEI, Himma Abubakar, gave Mamu the alleged gratification.

According to him, one of the EFCC’s witnesses who was the fourth prosecution witness confirmed to the court in his testimony that Abubakar’s statement was not taken by the commission.

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