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Former Chief of Air Staff opts for out of court settlement in N9.7b fraud case

07 June 2016, 17:22

Abuja - A former Chief of Air Staff, Mohammed Umar, has agreed for an out of court settlement in the N9.7 billion fraud case against him, reports Eagle Online.

Umar on Tuesday in court said he was ready to settle out of court in the seven-count charge money laundering case brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

He had pleaded not guilty and was granted bail by Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja on self-recognition.

Also read: EFCC to arraign ex-Chief of Air Staff, Umar

But at resumed hearing on Tuesday, Umar’s Counsel, Hassan Liman (SAN), according to The Herald , informed the court of moves by his client to have the matter settled out of court.

Liman said that his client held meetings with officials of the EFCC.

Liman said the first meeting, involving the head of legal department of the commission, the prosecuting counsel and Umar, was held on May 31 while another meeting was held on June 3.

He said it was resolved that the defendant should send a formal communication to the commission.

Liman disclosed that a formal letter addressed to the Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, dated June 6, had already been dispatched.

Confirming the development, the prosecuting counsel said that he was aware that the defendant had written a letter to the chairman of the commission.

He said that in the letter, the defendant was seeking to engage the Federal Government in a discussion over the charge.

- News 24


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