Nigeria’s former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu.                                                                Picture: Channels TV

An Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) investigator, Tosin Owobo, on Wednesday described how former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (rtd), allegedly diverted part of the N21billion he allegedly stole from the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).

He said this in The Federal High Court in Lagos while testifying during the hearing of the case of money laundering against Amosu.

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He said the money was laundered via various oil and gas companies.

Ayobo, who was arraigned alongside a former NAF Chief of Accounts and Budgeting, Air Vice Marshal Jacob Adigun and a former Director of Finance and Budget, Air Commodore Olugbenga Gbadebo, was said to have written to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) requesting for funds to provide maritime security.

The body, according to Owobo, approved the payment of N3 billion. The approval was given by Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Patrick Akpobolokemiwho is also facing money laundering charges.

“The money was released to NAF Special Emergency Operation account in 2014. NAF had also sent as part of the memo the account they wanted the money to be paid into,” Owobo said.

The EFCC investigator said the letter requesting for money from NIMASA was signed by Adigun on Amosu’s behalf.