CORRUPTION: Top Military Officers Return N66m, SUVs

The detention by house arrest effected on four Air Vice Marshals (AVM) and some Air Commodores at Niger Barracks, Abuja, over alleged corruption has started yielding fruits as it was gathered that one of the officers, of AVM rank has returned the sum of N66 million to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Sunday Tribune has reported.

The anti-corruption war was sequel to what was regarded as the role played by the officers in relation to the arms scandal. Sunday Tribune gathered that the sum of N90 million was traced to the officer. It was gathered that the senior officer who is a serving personnel and Principal Staff Officer at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) headquarters was consequently released from detention after a promise to refund the balance.

A source confided in Sunday Tribune that though the officer was let off the hook, it does not mean that he is free yet.

According to the source, other senior officers being detained at the barracks on trust for the EFCC were yet to regain freedom as they were yet to fully co-operate with the EFCC interrogation team, even though some have returned exotic cars and other valuables.

Sunday Tribune also gathered that an Air Commodore who is said to have benefited from the arms deal and has properties in Dubai, Kaduna and Abuja has equally been arrested and is under detention. The source told Sunday Tribune that one of the Air Vice Marshal was the arrow head of those who bought aircrafts that had incomplete parts and also inflated the price from $6million to over $30million.

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