A former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal ADESOLA AMOSU and 10 others being tried for an alleged fraud of N22.8bn have said they are still in plea bargain talks with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
One of the defence counsels, NORRISON QUAKERS said this yesterday at the resumed proceedings in the case before Justice MOHAMMED IDRIS of a Federal High Court in Lagos.
AMOSU is being tried alongside two other officers of the Air Force – Air Vice MARSHAL JACOB ADIGUN and Air Commodore GBADEBO OLUGBENGA.
They are standing trial alongside eight companies for alleged constipation to convert N21.5bn belonging to the Nigerian Air Force to their personal use.
The alleged act, according to the EFCC prosecutor, ROTIMI OYEDEPO, is a violation of Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition [Amendment) Act, 2012.
At the resumed proceedings today, the EFCC lawyer, OYEDEPO, told the court that he was ready to open his case against the defendants and had already brought two witnesses to court for trial to commence.
But responding, one of the defence counsels, BOLAJI AYORINDE told the court that the matter was only adjourned for mention.
In his ruling, Justice IDRIS said court’s record shows that the case was adjourned not for trial and later adjourn till October 20, for trial.