Court sentences Air Force Chief to two years imprisonment over abuse of office

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Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has sentenced the former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Holding Company and Air Force Commanding, Training Command, Air Vice Marshal Alkali Mohammadu Mamu to two years imprisonment over abuse of office after its reversed his discharge and acquittal by a federal high court.

Recall that Mamu was among senior military officers who were accused of abusing their positions by the Presidential Committee on the Audit of Defence Equipment Procurement (CADEP) which was mandated to look into contracts awarded for military procurements.

The former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Holding Company, Air Vice Marshal Alkali Mohammadu was acquitted by the appellate court on count one, three and four – on grounds that the prosecution failed to prove the allegation.

He was however convicted on count two and sentenced to two years imprisonment after being found guilty of “corruptly” accepting a gift of $300,000 through Kalli Fertilizer Company (a firm owned by his daughters) from Himma Abubakar, owner of Societe D’ Equipment International Nig. Ltd (SEI Nig Ltd), a company engaged to supply military equipment to NAF under his supervision.

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