EFCC Begins Grilling Of The "Big Fishes" In The Arms Deal - Leystradamus.Com.Ng

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

EFCC Begins Grilling Of The "Big Fishes" In The Arms Deal

*On The List: Ex-defence chief, Badeh; ex-NAF chief; Obanikoro’s Sons and 14 others
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is, this week, commencing the interrogate of at least 16 military officers as part of its investigations into $2.1bn arms scandal.

EFCC would investigate all personnel recommended for probe by a presidential panel on arms probe.

A source in the anti-corruption agency said, “The commission will begin the second batch of interrogation of military officers this week. A former Chief of Defence staff, Badeh, and an-ex Chief of Air Staff, Umar, will appear before the commission this week.”

It was gathered that more high profile interrogations would take place in the coming week.

The EFCC is also investigating 11 serving officers, including:
Air Marshal A.M. Mamu (Chief of Administration, Nigeria Air Force); AVM Oguntoyinbo (former Director of Production, Defence Headquarters); AVM T. Omenyi (Managing Director, NAF Holdings); and AVM J.B. Adigun (former Chief of Accounts and Budget).

Others on investigation are:
AVM R. A. Ojuawo (Air Force Tactical Air Command, Markudi); AVM J.A. Kayode-Beckley (Director, Armament Research in Air Force Research and Development Centre); Air Cdre. A.O. Ogunjobi; Air Cdre G.M.D. Gwani; Air Cdre A.Y. Lassa; Col. N. Ashinze (Special Assistant to the former NSA, Dasuki;) and Air Cdr. S.O.Makinde.

Also ordered to be probed are 21 firms and their directors, including:
Messrs Societe D’ Equipments Internationaux; Himma Aboubakar; Aeronautical Engineering and Technical Services Limited; Messrs Syrius Technologies; Dr Theresa A. Ittu; Sky Experts Nig Ltd; Omenyi Ifeanyi Tony; Huzee Nig Ltd; GAT Techno Dynamics Ltd; and Gbujie Peter Obie.

Other firms and individuals are:
Onuri Samuel Ugochukw; Spacewebs Interservices Ltd; Oguntoyinbo Tayo; Oguntoyinbo Funmi; Delfina Oil Geonel Intergrated Services Ltd, Sachi Felicia; Mudaki Polycarp and Wolfgang Reinl.

Obanikoro’s sons
Meanwhile there are indications the EFCC will invite two sons of ex-Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, for interrogation in connection with the ongoing probe into the $2.1bn arms fund.

It was gathered that the commission would send invitation to Gbolahan and Babajide Obanikoro and that they would be required to appear before the EFCC before the end of the week, unfailingly.

The commission has traced N4.75bn from the Central Bank of Nigeria Imprest Account of the NSA to Silva Mcnamara, a company linked to the Obanikoros, between June 6, 2014 and December, 12, 2015.

A source said, “Investigation into the N4.75bn is ongoing. It is only logical that these guys are questioned because of their involvement in the issue.

“They will be invited to appear before the commission to shed light on the company earned the money without contract award. Barring last minute changes, they may be summoned this week.”

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