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AVM Kayode-Beckley In Court

AVM Kayode-Beckley Arraigned Over N10m Bribe


Xavier Ndanyongmong

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), today arraigned Air Vice Marshal John Adeniyi Kayode-Beckley before Justice Olubunmi Banjoko of the Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Gudu, Abuja, on one count charge of bribery.

He was alleged to have accepted a N10million bribe.

AVM Kayode-Beckley, was said to have, while serving as the Director of Armament with the Nigerian Airforce, allegedly collected the sum of N10million as gratification from a contractor, whose name was given as Mr. Hima Abubakar, of Societe D’Equipments Internationaux Nig. Ltd.

The charge against him reads:

“That you, AVM John Adeniyi Kayode-Beckley whilst serving as Director of Armament, Nigerian Air Force, sometime in 2015 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did accept a gift in the sum of Ten Million Naira (N10,000,000) from one Mr. Hima Abubakar of Societe D’ Equipments Internationaux Nig Ltd, a contractor with the Nigerian Air Force in performance of your official act and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 17(a) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and punishable under Section 17(c) of the same act”.

AVM Kayode-Beckley however pleaded not guilty when the charge.

Following his plea, EFCC asked the court for a date for trial but his counsel Y. Maikarfi urged the court to grant the accused to bail, stating that the accused person had always been present when called upon.

Though EFCC objected to the bail application arguing that the accused is on the verge of retirement and therefore may abscond, Justice Banjoko, admitted him to bail in the sum of N10million with two sureties in like sum.

He ordered that the sureties may be ordinary citizens resident in Abuja, as he adjourned to September 27, 2016 for trial.

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