Air Vice Marshal Jacob B. Adigun, air force accounts chief, arrested over role in $2.1 billion arms deal scandal …making frantic efforts to reach the Attorney General’s office to negotiate soft landing.
Property worth N4.96bn ($15.2 million) seized, including buildings in the high brow residential areas of Ikoyi and Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.
Air Vice Marshall Jacob B. Adigun , who until last week was the Chief of Accounts and Budget of the Nigerian Air Force is currently under house arrest for his role in the alleged arms procurement scandal .
AVM Jacob Adigun, Air Force accounts chief, facing charges of complicity in the $21.bn illegal arms deal.
Earlier we had reported that a certain AVM facing an embezzlement charge of N90m had been granted conditional release, part of a plea bargain, after refunding N66m to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The plea bargain required him to make a full refund to the EFCC within a specified time frame. A further arrest had been of another AVM implicated in the Dasukigate $2.1bn arms deal scandal.
Today Prime News, reports that, AVM Adigun has been making frantic efforts to reach the Attorney General if the Federation to negotiate a soft landing.
He has through his contacts undertaken to return five buildings out of the nine he acquired from the money traced to the $2.1 billion arms deal. But his offer has met a brick wall as a source close to the Attorney General was quoted as saying:
“It is inconceivable and illogical for someone who stole billions of tax payers monies meant for the protection of innocent lives to now think of getting a soft landing after returning about half of the ill gotten wealth”. “What does he take Nigerians for? He sure must be heartless and senseless to even contemplate that idea.” – Attorney General
The EFCC has sealed property belonging to AVM Adigun including a N2.1bn block of 12 luxury flats, located in Ikoyi. Also sealed is another block of luxury flats in Victoria Island, Lagos worth N1.95bn and a parcel of land also located in Ikoyi worth N908m.
Apparently the plea bargain program has been extended to other air force personnel now being held in connection with the scandal.