Air Vice Marshall Tony Omenyi (retired) and two others – an employee of Diamond Bank Plc, Babatunde Faro and Sada Adamu have been remanded in Kuje prison following the order of Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, Abuja on Friday. The judge ordered they be remanded after they were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on two separate charges. Omenyi and his company, Huzee Nigeria Limited were arraigned on a 3-count charge of abuse of office and money laundering involving N136.325.000.00.
One of the counts in the charge reads:
“That you, AIR VICE MARSHALL TONY OMENYI (whilst being a public officer) and HUZEE NIGERIA LIMITED between 16th and 23rd August, 2014 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court took possession of the sum of N61,525,000.00 (sixty one million, five hundred and twenty five thousand naira only) transferred to the FCMB account of Huzee Nigeria Limited by SkyExperts Nigeria Limited, a contractor of AETSL, when you reasonably ought to have known that the said funds formed part of the proceeds of unlawful activity ( to wit: corruption) of Air Vice Marshall Tony Omenyi and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2)(d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act”.
Justice Dimgba adjourned to November 14, 2016 for ruling on the bail application and ordered the accused persons to be remanded in Kuje prison.