In continuation of its efforts in bringing alleged corrupt public officers to justice, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Thursday, arraigned Air Vice Marshall Olutayo Tade Oguntoyinbo before Justice Olukayode A. Adeniyi of the Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Apo, Abuja.
The retired Air Force chief was arraigned on a one count charge of bribery amounting to N166million.
AVM Oguntoyinbo, while being the Chief of Training and Operations of the Nigerian Air Force, was alleged to have collected N166m, as gratification, from a contractor with the Nigerian Air force.
Thee contractor is named as Societe D’ Equipments Internationaux Nigeria Limited.
According to the EFCC, the act contravenes Section 17(a) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and punishable under Section 17(c) of the same Act.
The charge reads:
“That you, AVM Olutayo Tade Oguntoyinbo whilst serving as Chief of Training and Operations, Nigerian Air force and the CEO/Managing Director as well as the sole signatory to the account of Spaceweb Integrated Services Limited with Wema Bank, on or about the 11th July, 2014 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did accept a gift in the sum of N166,000,000 from Societe D’ Equipments Internationaux Nigeria Limited, a contractor with the Nigerian Air force in performance of your official act and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section17(a) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and punishable under Section 17(c) of the same Act”.
The defendant pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him
In view of his plea, counsel to EFCC, Francis Jirbo asked the court for a date for hearing.
But, Oguntoyinbo’s counsel, Henry Michael Ihun prayed the court to grant bail to the accused on liberal terms.
Jirbo kicked saying that, he was served with the bail application shortly before the court started sitting and needed time to respond to it.
Justice Adeniyi ordered that the accused person be remanded in Kuje Prison pending hearing on the bail application and adjourned to June 6, 2016.