- Two public civil servants Ibrahim and Tijani, plead not guilty to refusal and neglect to declare their assets
- The accused are admitted to bail in the sum of N20m and two sureties in like sum
- Former chief of air staff Dikko accused of collecting N558.2m NAF funds monthly for two years
The special investigative panel on recovery of public property, on Thursday, February 8, arraigned two brothers, Ibrahim and Tijani Tumsah for non-declaration of assets.
Ibrahim and Tijani, who are public servants, were arraigned on a two-count charge of refusal and neglect to declare their assets.
They entered a not guilty plea and were admitted to bail in the sum of N20m and two sureties in like sum, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Other conditions for their bail included that the sureties could be either private business men or Civil Servants and must show proof of ownership of landed property anywhere within the Federal Capital Territory.
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The court held that where the sureties were civil servants, they must not be below grade level 15.
In addition, the defendants were ordered to deposit their international passports with the court registry and not to travel outside the country without the permission of the court.
The judge, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, however, ordered that the defendants be remanded in Kuje Prison should they fail to perfect their bail conditions within three days.
Earlier, Kehinde Ogunwumiju, (SAN) and Abdul Mohammed, counsel to the defendants prayed the court to grant their clients bail since the offence for which they were standing trial was bailable.
Festus Keyamo, (SAN) counsel to the panel informed the court that he was not opposed to the application for bail.
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One of the count read: ”That you, Ibrahim Tumsah and Tijani Tumsah on or about Oct. 10 and 25, 2017, being public officers with the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing Abuja and Presidential Committee on North East Initiative Abuja respectively within the jurisdiction of this court committed an offence to wit:
“Refused to declare your assets without reasonable excuse and upon notice to declare your assets before the Special Presidential Investigative Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, Abuja, contrary to and punishable under Section III (3) of the Recovery of Public Property (Special Provision) Act 2004.”
Justice Dimgba adjourned the matter until March 1 for commencement of trial.
Meanwhile, a former finance director of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Air Commodore Salisu Yushau (rtd) has detailed how ex-chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Mahammed Umar Dikko allegedly collected N558.2m Naf Funds Monthly for 2 years.
Yushau made the allegation on Thursday, February 8, at the trial of Dikko, who served as the chief of air staff, Nigerian Air Force (NAF) between September 2010 and 2012.
The former NAF chief is facing a 7-count charge of money laundering and procurement fraud to the tune of N9.7billion preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
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