The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has handed over a hospital with medical equipment valued at over $2 million, seized from a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, to the Nigerian Air Force.
Amosu is facing trial for alleged diversion of public fund and money laundering. He has reportedly returned over N4 billion of the alleged stolen fund to the government. Some of his properties have earlier been confiscated by the government.
The hospital, St. Solomon Hospital, which is located on Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos, is said to have state-of-the-art equipment including a Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine valued at over $1 million the Punch is reporting.
According to an unnamed source in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Federal government handed over the hospital to the medical unit of the Nigerian Air Force to manage.
He said, “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.”
Other properties seized from Amosu include a house on Adeyemo Alakija Street, GRA Ikeja worth N250m; a duplex at House 11, Peace Court Estate, GRA Ikeja worth N110m; a N40m property located at NAF Harmony Estate, Asokoro base; a five-bedroom house at Valley NAF Estate, Port Harcourt, worth N33m and a N95m house on Umaru Dikko Street, Jabi.
The Federal Government has applied to the UK authorities to confiscate Amosu’s house at 50 Tenterden Grove, NW41TH, London valued at about £2m.
Amosu as well as a former the Chief of Accounts and Budgeting in NAF, Air Vice Marshal Jacob Adigun (retd.); and a former Director of Finance and Budget, Air Commodore Olugbenga Gbadebo (retd.), are currently standing trial before a Federal High Court for allegedly stealing N22.8bn from the Nigerian Air Force between 2014 and 2015.