Metuh, Amosu and Umar Dikko Plead to Return their Loot

Three prominent accused looters are reportedly pleading to strike an agreement with the anti-graft agency that will see them return stolen funds and regain freedom.

Olisa Metuh

An Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) source has revealed some requests by former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Olisa Metuh, ex-Chiefs of Air Staff Air Marshals Adeshola Amosu and Mohammed Dikko Umar to enter a plea bargain with law enforcement agents in negotiation for their freedom.

The source who spoke under the condition of anonymity reported that the trio have expressed eagerness to return their loot in exchange for their freedom.

They want to refund cash and surrender property to avoid going to jail, The Nation learnt yesterday. Metuh is standing trial for allegedly receiving N400 million from the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki. The cash is believed to be part of the $2.1 billion security fund that was allegedly diverted.

Umar was arraigned before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja on a seven-count charge bordering on money laundering, criminal breach of trust and corruption of about N9.7billion.

Amosu was arraigned  at a  Federal High Court in Lagos alongside Air Vice marshal (AVM) Jacob Adigun and Air Commodore Gbadebo Olugbenga, on a 26-count of stealing about N50 billion.

The EFCC source added: “We have formally received letters of plea bargain from three accused persons  — Metuh, Umar and Amosu— we are studying their terms.

“ We may enter into a plea bargain with the accused persons if it will serve the public interest. The interest is getting back the stolen funds. If they can fulfill this condition (public interest), we may accept their offers.”

But he did not specify the details of the request from the accused persons “because we are still studying them”.

Also yesterday, it was learnt that following threats from unknown quarters, the EFCC strengthened security for its key witnesses against suspects on trial for the $2.1billion arms deals scandal.

Those affected are witnesses against a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, ex-Chief of Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, and ex-Chiefs of Air Staff Amosu and Umar as well as Metuh.

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