Friday, December 18, 2020

Ex-COAS Minimah, two Army chiefs move to avert trial

 A former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Gen. Kenneth Minimah, and two serving senior Army officers have moved to block their trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The Nation

The EFCC indicted them for complicity in the misappropriation of about N13. 8billion from funds provided by the Federal Government for the purchase of military hardware.

The  two serving officers are  one time Chief of Account and Budget, Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen.  A. O. Adetayo and ex-Director, Finance and Accounts, Nigerian Army, Brig.- Gen. R. J. Odi.

Gen. Minimah served as the COAS between January 2014 and July 2015 under  the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

The EFCC said in a court document sighted by The Nation that the Committee on the Audit of Defence Equipment Procurement in the Nigerian Armed Forces (CADEF) referred  a case of misappropriation to it for investigation. Air Vice-Marshal John Ode (rtd) chaired the committee.

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