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The Federal High Court, Abuja, will on Nov. 14 rule on a bail application filed by retired Air Vice Marshal Tony Omenyi, charged with illegal transfer of money.

Omenyi was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on a three count.

He was accused of transferring huge sums of money on three different occasions when he was the managing director of Aeronautical Engineering and Technical Services Ltd.

The EFCC said that Omenyi illegally transferred N24. 8m to Huzee/Sky Expert Nig. Ltd.’s account domiciled with the First City Monument Bank, on Jan. 8, 2014.

The commission also said that the retired air force chief illegally transferred N61.5 million to the same account from Aug. 12, 2014 to Aug. 23, 2014.

The anti-graft agency also charged Omenyi with illegal transfer of N50m to the same account on Nov. 18, 2014.

Huzee/Sky Expert Nig. Ltd. is described in the charge sheet as a contractor of the AETSL.

The EFCC said Omenyi was aware that the said funds formed part of the proceeds of unlawful activity.

It said that the offences, contravened Section 15(2) of the Money Laundering and Prohibition Act, 2011, and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.

At the resumed sitting of the court on Friday, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba adjourned the case after hearing arguments from defence and prosecution counsel on the bail application.

The application was filed on Omenyi’s behalf by counsel for the retired air force chief, Mr Wahab Olatoye.

Olatoye submitted that Omenyi would honour the court at all times if granted bail.

In a 28-paragraph affidavit, Olatoye prayed the court to consider Section 162 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), Section 35(4) and 36 of the 1999 Constitution.

Olatoye said that the defendant had not been charged or convicted for any criminal offence.

However, prosecution counsel, Mr Sadisu Abubakar, prayed the court to refuse the application, saying that Omenyi would jump bail since he was a retired officer.

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