In the light of the foregoing investigation into the alleged diversion of over N4.8bn from Nigerian Air Force accounts, there are indications that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has sealed off a mansion allegedly belonging to a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Mohammed Umar (rtd).
The Punch Newspaper gathered that the gate of the house located on 1853 Deng Xiano Ping Street, off Mahathir Mohammed Street, Asokoro Extension, Abuja, upon visitation, was sealed off with stickers bearing the EFCC logo.
The former Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal was arraigned by the anti-graft agency before a Federal High Court in Abuja over alleged money laundering.
In a seven-count charge by the EFCC, Umar was alleged to have diverted N4.8bn from Nigerian Air Force accounts between 2011 and 2012.
He was alleged to have converted the money into US dollars for the purchase of houses in Abuja, Kaduna and Kano.
The anti-graft agency had also alleged that Umar removed another N700m from the accounts of the NAF to purchase a property at 14, Vistula Close, off Panama Street, Maitama, Abuja, while N500m was removed from the accounts of the NAF to purchase a property comprising a four-bedroomed duplex at Road 3B, Street 2, Mabushi Ministers Hill, Abuja.
The ex-CAF had pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Justice Binta Nyako granted him bail on self-recognition but ordered him to deposit his international passport with the court registrar and seek the court’s approval before travelling out of the country.
The trial was fixed for June 7 and 8.