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Former COAS Umar spent N2.38b on 5 choice houses - witness
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- Mohammed Dikko Umar was the Chief of
Air Staff of Nigeria for only two years
within which he allegedly amassed wealth
beyond his regular entitlements
- Part of the allegedly acquired illegal
wealth was spent on the purchases of
choice buildings in different parts of
Nigeria
Nigeria’s former Chief of Air Staff (COAS),
Mohammed Dikko Umar, actually bought
five choice houses to the tune of N2.38
billion, a Federal High Court sitting in
Abuja has heard.
Umar is alleged to have spent N2.38b on 5 choice
houses - witness
A former director of finance and
accounts at the Nigerian Air Force
headquarters, Abuja, Air Commodore
Salisu Abdullahi Yushau, who made the
revelation, further told the court that
the choice houses were bought in
Federal Capital Territory, Kano and
Kaduna.
Umar, who served under former
President Goodluck Jonathan between
October 2010 and September 2012 and
facing money laundry charges, was said
to have directed the payment of
N558.2million to himself monthly as
upkeep allowances and this was apart
from his legitimate salaries and other
spoils of office.
Yushau said he was he was sure that the
buildings were acquired with the
upkeep allowances while he gave details
of how the houses were bought using
different names.

The Nation reports that Yushau made
the revelation as the first prosecution
witness in the charge filed by the
Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC), accusing the former
COAS foreign currencies to the tune of
N4.8 billion.
The report added that while being led in
evidence by lead prosecution lawyer
Sylvanus Tahir, Yushau revealed that he
participated in the purchase of the
houses upon instructions from Umar.
He added that Umar spent about N140m
to renovate two of the houses.
Umar was in court as the witness
testified.
“NAF was receiving about N4 billion
monthly (a little above N4billion, about
N4.1 billion). However, the actual figure
that we usually paid as salaries monthly
was between N2.3 to N2.4 billion. The
balance of about N1.6 billion was made.
“From this N1.6 billion, the sum of
N558,200,000 was usually set aside for
the upkeep of the Chief of Air Staff.
“The sum of N120 million was also
earmarked for the office of the director of
finance and accounts. But on
assumption, I told the Chief of Air Staff
that my office did not require that
amount of money.
“So, the sum of N120 million was put
under the Chief of Air Staff’s office, which
he was using for visits to NAF
formations and other welfare issues.
“The balance of about N1 billion was
used for training, maintenance of NAF
assets, fleet, and other priority projects.
“These projects included barracks
construction, renovation of barracks
accommodation for officers and men, and
any other projects that the Chief of Air
Staff may wish to undertake.
“This sum of N558,200,000 was usually
converted to USD and taken to him at
home. The money was usually brought to
me by the Finance Officer, Headquarters
NAF Camp, Group Captain Bukar.
“On some occasions, I asked the finance
officer to accompany me to his (COAS’)
official residence at Niger Barracks, so
that he could witness the delivery of the
money to the Chief of Air Staff. This
practice lasted up till his retirement in
Sept. 2012.
“I believe he was using the money for
whatever he wanted to do. However,
there were some properties which he
purchased and I believe the money could
be from the money we usually gave to
him,” Yushau told the court.
He said one of the houses is located on
Vistula Close, off Panama Street Abuja.
He said the COAS got a second property
at Plot 1853 Deng Xiao Ping Street, off
Mahima Mohammed Street Asokoro
after he said he was tired of living in
Maitama. He allegedly bought the
second house for 850 million.
The third house, he said is located at
Number 14 Audu Bako Way, Kano and
was bought from a Sudanese for N250
million.
Umar’s fourth property is located at 8,
Kabala Road, Kaduna and was allegedly
bought from a former commandant of
the Armed Forces Command and Staff
College, Jaji, Air Vice Marshal Sunday
Ali Leks.
The fifth property, according to Yushau
is at Plot 3B, Street 2, Ministers Hill,
Mabushi, Abuja and was bought as at
N500 million.
The case has been adjourned to
February 16 for constitutional trial.
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