EFCC ARRAIGNS FORMER DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, NIGERIAN AIR FORCE

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday arraigned, AVM Rufus Ojuawo, in an FCT High Court, Apo, for collecting N40 million gift and a Range Rover from Hima Abubakar.

Mr. Ojuawo, a former Director of Operations, Nigerian Air Force, was arraigned before Justice Mahawiya Idris on a two-count charge.

The charge says Mr. Ojuawo while in office in March, 2015, accepted a gift in the aggregate sum of N40 million from Abubakar of Societe D’ Equipments Internationaux Nig. Ltd.

It stated that the defendant also received a Range Rover Sports Supercharged car valued at N29, 250, 000 from Mr. Abubakar, who was a contractor with the Nigerian Airforce through Coscharis Motors Ltd.

The offence contravenes Section 17(a) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Act, 2000 and punishable under Section 17(c) of the same Act.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.
EFCC counsel Francis Jirbo applied for a date to open his case, and urged the court to remand Mr. Ojuawo in prison custody.

In his ruling, the judge Justice Idris said that denial of bail could not be used to punish the defendant before his trial.
He admitted him to bail in the sum of N10 million with one surety that must be a civil servant not below the rank of Assistant Director.
The judge said the surety must reside within the court’s jurisdiction, and adjourned the case till Sept. 15 for trial.
Credit: (NAN)

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