A former Nigerian Air Officer Commanding, Air Vice Marshal Alkali Mohammadu Mamu, has gotten jail term by a Court of Appeal.
Onyxnews Nigeria reports that an Appeal Court in Abuja has reversed the discharge and acquittal of former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Holding Company and Air Force Commanding, Training Command, Air Vice Marshal Alkali Mohammadu Mamu on corruption charges by Justice Salisu Garba of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
Mamu got two years jail term
According to The Nation, the three-man panel of the Court of Appeal, in a unanimous judgment on July 15, 2020, convicted and sentenced Mamu to two years’ imprisonment in respect of one, out of the four counts, in a charge marked: FCT/HC/CR/182/2016 on which he was tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The appellate court acquitted him on three other counts – one, three and four – on the grounds that the prosecution failed to prove those counts.
Mamu was convicted on count two, in which he was found to have “corruptly” accepted 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 Mamu’s supervision.
Mamu got an option
In the lead judgment, on the appeal marked: CA/A/788c/2018, Justice Yargata Byenchit Nimpar, however, gave Mamu an option of N500, 000 fine.
Mamu was one of the senior military officers accused of abusing their high rank positions by the Presidential Committee on the Audit of Defence Equipment Procurement (CADEP), which was mandated to look into contracts awarded for military procurements.