The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has handed over a hospital with medical equipment worth about $2.15 million seized from former Chief of Air Staff, Adesola Amosu, to the Nigerian Air Force, NAF.
St. Solomon Hospital, located on Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos, is said to have state-of-the-art equipment including a Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine which costs well over $1 million.
The Punch newspaper quoted an unnamed EFCC source as saying that the commission could not manage the property hence the decision to hand it over to the medical unit of NAF.
“The hospital has very expensive equipment including an MRI machine which is very rare.
“However, we could not manage the hospital so we handed it over to the air force pending the outcome of Amosu’s trial.
“It is assumed that the money used in buying the hospital was stolen from the air force,” the EFCC source was quoted as saying.
The Punch reports that other properties seized from the former Air Chief included a house on Adeyemo Alakija Street, GRA Ikeja worth N250 million; a duplex at House 11, Peace Court Estate, GRA Ikeja worth N110 million; a N40 million property located at NAF Harmony Estate, Asokoro base; a five-bedroomed house at Valley NAF Estate, Port Harcourt, worth N33million and a N95 million house on Umaru Dikko Street, Jabi.
The Federal Government has also commenced moves to seize Amosu’s house at 50 Tenterden Grove, NW41TH, London worth about £2 million.
Amosu as well as former Chief of Accounts and Budgeting in NAF, Jacob Adigun; and former Director of Finance and Budget, Olugbenga Gbadebo, are currently standing trial before a Federal High Court for allegedly stealing N22.8 billion from the coffers of the Nigerian Air Force between 2014 and 2015.
The EFCC has seized 33 properties they allegedly bought with stolen funds.
Documents seen by reporters indicate that besides the hospital, the EFCC had seized plazas, schools, mansions, farms and a quarry from Amosun, Adigun and Gbadebo.
While almost N2.835 billion cash has been recovered from Amosu alone, Gbadebo has returned N190 million. Adigun’s wife, returned some money as well.
The document further stated that properties recovered from Adigun were worth N9.6 billion.
Calculations by our correspondent showed that the cash and assets which the air force men might forfeit permanently, add up to about N15 billion.