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EFCC seizes ex COAS, Amosu’s N2.6bn MRI machine

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Although no clinic belonging to the Nigerian Air Force nationwide could boast of a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) it has been revealed that a former Chief of Air Staff (COAS), Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, bought one for his private medical facility worth N2.6 billion.

There are also indications that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has confiscated the machine because it is suspected to have been acquired with funds diverted from that meant for purchase of arms for the military.

Investigators claim that the state of the art equipment was seized from the Diagnostic Centre allegedly owned by Amosu. It was learnt that the centre may also be confiscated by the government.

According to EFCC investigation, some of the arms funds allegedly diverted by Amosu, were used to buy the MRI machine for the Diagnostic Centre.

MRI is a non-invasive medical test that physicians use to diagnose and treat medical conditions.

Read also: Fresh probe uncovers another $12.9bn arms scam

A top source in the EFCC said: “After thorough investigations, we have seized a MRI equipment of about N2.6billion from Amosu’s Diagnostic Centre. We were able to trace the purchase of the machine to some of the diverted funds meant for procurement of arms.

“We may also place the centre under temporary asset forfeiture pending the conclusion of the trial of the suspect.

“All these assets are apart from the N2.3billion, houses, $140,000 and N381m recovered from Amosu’s wife.”

Meanwhile, the controversial $1million purportedly found in the house of a former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh may automatically be forfeited to the Federal Government.

This is as a result of his denial that the money does not belong to him.

Badeh, through his lawyer, Samuel O. Zibri (SAN) had disowned ownership of the money.

The EFCC source said: “We retrieved the cash from Badeh’s residence in Maitama District of Abuja and the operation was witnessed by his neighbours.

“Now that he has denied having such, the cash will be automatically forfeited to the Federal Government.”

 

 

 

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