Wife of the immediate past Chief of Air Staff, CAS, Mrs. Lara Amosu has been arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in connection with the raging arms procurement scandal. This was after her husband was arrested a fortnight ago by the EFCC over his involvement in the diversion of funds meant for the purchase of arms.
It was gathered that Mrs. Lara Amosu has been in the custody of the EFCC in Lagos for the past one week following the alleged discovery of about N3bn in her bank accounts. The money is believed to be owned by Amosu.
Impeccable sources told New Telegraph that other properties traced to the former CAS were also being held by his wife and children. She is reported to have been picked up by the EFCC operatives last week in Abuja, with her lawyer battling without success to get her released.
“Shortly after Amosu was picked up in Abuja, his wife, Lara, was subsequently arrested. Investigations conducted showed that some of the monies the former Chief of Air Staff made through some contracts and procurements in NAF were traced to his wife’s accounts.
“About N3 billion was traced to the wife’s accounts while some assets acquired by the former service chief was in her name and some others in her company’s name. “So, Lara is an accessory to a crime. The proceeds with her are from the arms funds. As we prosecute her husband, she must also be held accountable,” the newspaper was told.
It was gathered that the EFCC retrieved $1 million cash from Amosu’s residence in Badagary, Lagos. The money, in foreign currency, was retrieved when EFCC operatives carried out a search on Amosu’s residence in Badagry.
A source was quoted as saying: “In continuation of the investigation into the arms probe, the EFCC operatives took Amosu to his residence in Badagry. After a thorough search of the residence, a fresh small ‘soakaway’ pit was discovered in the compound. The operatives suspected foul play, which informed the breaking of the ‘soakaway’. Surprisingly, $1 million was found in it. The money was subsequently confiscated.”