Former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Holding Company and Air Force Commanding, Training Command, Air Vice Marshal Alkali Mohammadu Mamu convicted and sentenced Mamu to two years’ imprisonment.
The sentence was 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 Court of Appeal in Abuja reversed the discharge and acquittal of on corruption charges by Justice Salisu Garba of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The three-man panel of the Court of Appeal, in a unanimous judgment on July 15, 2020.
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.
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 positions by the Presidential Committee on the Audit of Defence Equipment Procurement (CADEP), which was mandated to look into contracts awarded for military procurement.