ABUJA, Nigeria – The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) on Thursday closed its case in the ongoing trial of former Chief of AVM Umar Dikko in the Federal High Court Abuja over alleged N9.7 billion fraud.
EFCC charged is Dikko with seven counts of laundering and procurement fraud to the tune of N9.7 bn.
The anti-graft agency alleged that the amount accrued when Dikko allegedly converted money from the N1.2 billion monthly allocations belonging to the Nigerian Air Force to his personal use.
The prosecuting counsel, Mr Sylvanus Tahir, closed the commission’s case after the defence counsel, Mr Onyechi Ikpeazu cross-examined the 12th and final prosecution witness.
Dikko was first arraigned on May 11, 2016, before Justice Binta Nyako for allegedly laundering money belonging to the Nigeria Air force.
Ikpeazu had asked the court for time for the defence team to examine the records in the matter before deciding on the next step to take
The trial judge, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, adjourned the matter until Jan.28, 2020 for defence to open its case.
Speaking to a NAN correspondent after closing the case, Tahir expressed confidence that the prosecution had proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
“Going by the evidence we have tendered, monies were wired from the account of the Nigeria Air Force to Bureau de Change operators and converted into dollars and was taken to him.
” From the N1.2 billion monthly allocation of the Nigeria Air Force, after paying salaries, whatever was left was converted to dollars, some used for aircraft maintenance and staff training but the bulk of that money was converted into dollars and handed to him monthly.
NAN reports that Dikko was Chief of Air Staff from 2010 to 2012.