A former Chief of Administration of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Mamu (rtd), accused of receiving bribe, has been discharged and acquitted by an FCT High Court in Maitama.
Mamu was charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on June 21, 2016 on a four-count charge for allegedly collecting a cash gift of $300,000 and N5.9 million for the purchase of a Range Rover Evoque.
He was also alleged to have received two vehicles, Ford Expedition SUV and Jaguar XF Saloon valued at N15million and N12million respectively from Societe D’ Equipments Internationaux (SEI) Nigeria Limited while facilitating a covert assignment of the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) in the war against terrorism.
In the course of the trial, Mamu, in his evidence in chief reported in Daily Trust on October 14, 2017, told the court how foreign mercenary pilots brought in from Ukraine were engaged to combat Boko Haram terrorists disguised as instructors and how the cause of death of one of the mercenaries was covered from the Ukrainian embassy.
Delivering judgment on Friday, the trial judge, Justice Garba Salisu held that with the preponderance of evidence before the court, the prosecution failed to establish a case of gratification against the defendant.