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Used Alpha jets:  Buhari orders probe of Airforce Chiefs

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President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to probe former Chief of Defence Staff Alex Badeh, ex-Chief Of Air Staff A.N ​Amosu and other former military leaders over procurement of used Four Alpha jets in which only two of them were delivered into the country.

The statement by Garba Shehu on behalf of President Buhari  reads in part: “A main purchase activity undertaken by Dasuki’s office for NAF was that concerning the contracts awarded to Societe D’ Equipment Internationaux (SEI) Nig Ltd.

“The SEI contracts included procurement of two used Mi-24V helicopters instead of the recommended Mi-35M series at the cost of one hundred and thirty six million, nine hundred and forty four thousand US dollars ($136,944,000.00).

“​The committee established that ONSA also funded the procurement of 4 used Alpha jets for the NAF at the cost of seven million, one hundred and eighty thousand US dollars ($7,180,000.00). However, it was confirmed that only 2 of the Alpha jet aircraft were ferried to Nigeria after cannibalization of engines from NAF fleet.

“It was further observed that the sum of three million, three hundred thousand US dollars ($3.3m) was fraudulently included in the contract agreement as VAT and with holding tax  and subsequently paid into the bank accounts of Spacewebs Interservices Ltd and Delfina Oil and Gas Ltd.

“The committee further established that two million US dollars ($2m) from the proceeds was transferred to Mono Marine Corporation Nig Ltd, which is jointly owned by principal characters in this deal. The Committee opined that the infractions of extant regulations by these companies were clearly intended to defraud.

​“The committee uncovered insider dealings by military officers in procurement activities undertaken by ONSA and the NAF. The officers were found to have misused or abused their offices for personal gains by influencing award of contracts to private companies in which they have substantial interests.”

The operatives of the anti-graft commission has recently sealed the house of Alex Badeh in Wuse zone II in Abuja.

The action of the EFCC was said to be part of the current investigations into the arms procurement scandal in the office of former NSA Sambo Dasuki.

Apart from the key culprit in the arms probe Dasuki, there are others who have been lashed in the investigation, including former minister of state for finance, Bashir Yuguda, chairman of DAAR communication, Raymond Dopkesi and former chairman of the PDP, Haliru Bello, the spokesperson of the opposition party Olisa Metuh and many others.

Those indicted according to  the full list of retired and serving military men released by Garba Shehu consisted of officers  who served during the immediate past government of Goodluck Jonathan to be investigated by the anti-graft commission.

They include:

  1. Air Chief Marshal AS Badeh (Rtd)
  2. Air Marshal MD Umar (Rtd)
  3. Air Marshal AN Amosu (Rtd)
  4. Maj-Gen. ER Chioba (Rtd)
  5. AVM IA Balogun (Rtd)
  6. AVM AG Tsakr (Rtd)
  7. AVM AG Idowu (Rtd)
  8. AVM AM Mamu

9 AVM OT Oguntoyinbo

  1. AVM T Omenyi
  2. AVM JB Adigun
  3. AVM RA Ojuawo
  4. AVM JA Kayode-Beckley
  5. Air Cdre SA Yushau (Rtd)
  6. Air Cdre AO Ogunjobi
  7. Air Cdre GMD Gwani
  8. Air Cdre SO Makinde
  9. Air Cdre AY Lassa
  10. Col N Ashinze
  11. Lt Col. MS Dasuki (Rtd)

On the recommendations of the committee’s second interim report, the president  ordered the commission to probe the roles of the officers and the companies and their chiefs in major breaches connected with the purchases by the Office of the National Security Adviser and the Nigerian Air Force.

  1. ​Messrs Societe D’ Equipments Internationaux
  2. Himma Aboubakar
  3. Aeronautical Engineering and Technical Services Limited
  4. Messrs Syrius Technologies
  5. Dr Theresa A. Ittu
  6. ​Sky Experts Nig Ltd
  7. Omenyi Ifeanyi Tony
  8. ​Huzee Nig Ltd
  9. GAT Techno Dynamics Ltd
  10. Gbujie Peter Obie
  11. Onuri Samuel Ugochukwu
  12. ​Spacewebs Interservices Ltd
  13. Oguntoyinbo Tayo
  14. Oguntoyinbo Funmi.
  15. ​Delfina Oil and Gas Ltd
  16. Chief Jacobs Bola
  17. ​Mono Marine Corporation Nig Ltd
  18. ​Geonel Intergrated Services Ltd
  19. Sachi Felicia
  20. Mudaki Polycarp
  21. Wolfgang Reinl.

Industry analysts observed that the purchase of used aircrafts by Airforce Chiefs is not happening for the first time. They noted that several years ago that used Mig 21 Bees were purchased from Russia by a company owned by a former Chief of Air Staff from Akwa Ibom State.

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