How N150m was used to furnish Badeh’s son’s N330m duplex, by witness

Former Chief of Defence Staff Alex Badeh in Court on Monday, March 3, 2016. Photo Ladidi Lucy Elukpo.

Former Chief of Defence Staff Alex Badeh

• ‘Ex-air chief marshal bought houses worth N50m, N300m in Abuja, N80m in Kaduna, renovated them with N75m’
A former Director of Finance in the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Salisu Abdullahi Yushau (rtd) who is a prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of former Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, yesterday told the Federal High Court, Abuja how separate sums of N60 million and N90 million were paid to Platinum Universal Projects for the renovation and furnishing of Badeh’s son’s N330 million duplex in Wuse, Abuja.

Alex Badeh was said to have rejected an earlier property purchased for him at the cost of N240 million. Testifying before the Federal High Court, Abuja, Yushau, who was under cross examination by the defence counsel, Chief Akin Olujimi (SAN), said he did not tell the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) about the N90 million disbursement because it was not part of the questions asked by the anti-graft agency.

He also informed the court that while he was in the custody of EFCC, finance officers from the Nigerian Air Force were summoned and they brought records of all the property purchased and renovated by Badeh.

The witness, however, told the court that the Deputy Director, Budgets, NAF, was in charge of budget preparations and that he only made input into the budget of other directorates and branches. According to him, the Air Force also has a procedure for retiring unspent funds and that he was not involved in that.

At the resumed hearing, the witness confirmed his earlier statement as requested by the defence counsel that N558 was million set aside monthly to meet the cost of general administration of the staff of Badeh’s office even as he affirmed that Badeh bought houses worth N50 million and N300 million respectively in Abuja; that he purchased another in Kaduna State for N80 million and that he had renovated them with N75 million. He also affirmed that his former boss acquired some other property in the country.

According to him, he was instructed by Badeh to purchase some of the houses. He added that although payments for all the houses were not carried out by him, he assisted in paying for the first four property.

Yushau also testified that he assumed the position of the Director, Finance, about two months after Badeh was appointed Chief of Air Staff and that since then, he had maintained the existing tradition of converting some amount into dollars and giving them to Badeh at the end of every month.

But when the defence counsel, Olujimi demanded to know how much he converted into dollars those early days, he told the court that he could not remember the exact amount. The witness said that he kept no personal records to prove all the cash transactions made between him and Badeh.

He, however, told the court that the Command’s Finance Officer, whose duty it was to keep record has all the records of the amount of the dollar equivalent he handed to Badeh at his official residence on monthly basis and other transactions.

“I cannot remember how much the Command’s Finance Officer gave to me in October 2012 to convert into dollars but I know that the records are there. It is not my duty to keep records but I know the Command’s Finance Officer has kept all the records of transactions in exchange of naira into dollars.”

When asked how monies were disbursed to the commands, he told the court that he did not know how the budget was processed.
“When allocation was made to all NAF formations, the money is disbursed to all the formations and my deputy finance officer was in charge of our allocation.

“If there was any need for finance in our directorate, he wrote to me and I approved. The approval is then taken to the NAF Headquarters camp in Abuja.

“And after the expenditure was carried out, he made his retirement to the office of the Command, Finance Officer at NAF headquarters, Abuja.“I was the accounting officer for the directorate that was why I gave approval for every expenditure for the directorate.”

The EFCC is prosecuting Badeh alongside a firm, Iyalikam Nigeria Limited, on a 10-count charge of money laundering bordering on alleged fraudulent removal of about N3.97 billion from NAF’s account.

The anti-graft agency accused Badeh of using the funds to buy and develop landed assets in Abuja for himself and his two sons between January and December 2013.

Badeh and his company were also accused of removing from the accounts of the NAF, and using the dollar equivalent of N650 million to purchase a commercial plot at plot 1386, Oda crescent Cadastral zone AO7 Wuse ll, Abuja.

The offence, according to the EFCC, is 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.

Badeh served as the Chief of Air Staff before he was elevated to the position of the Chief of Defence Staff till he retired from the military last year.

Justice Okon Abang has adjourned the case at the instance of the court till April 19 for further cross-examination and continuation of trial.



11 Comments
  • Objectivity View

    The bigger problem is that the father has taught the children how to steal and stealing will run in the family. The solution is to jail them now and forfeit their loot to deter others from joining the family trade.

    • Uchamma

      I’m sure his children knew the money was stolen, that his salaries couldn’t have been sufficient to purchase such prime properties for himself and them. Therefore, the court should apart from confiscating the properties jail him and the two sons for at least 25 years to serve as deterrent to others.

      • Wilson Oteri

        Agreed … and it is comforting that for the first time in Nigeria, a case of corruption at a very high level is being proven in a court of law, with a credible witness. Corruption is the No. 1 common enemy of the Nigerian state. Corruption is so profoundly repugnant and negates the basic principle of human decency, that it makes life unbearable for the generality of Nigerians, and diminishes our national prestige overseas. You can easily trace the consequence of corruption to lack of infrastructural development, lack of growth, high crime rate, prostitution, and the prevailing situation of hopelessness in Nigeria. The judge in this case is faced with a historic decision to properly interpret the tenets of the law, dispense justice to the letter, and turn Nigeria away from the precipice of hopelessness and doom. In the final analysis, we must all be united against corruption, to root out this cancerous menace from Nigeria.

    • MUkintu

      Who is not a thief in Nigeria? You think you are an exception. May be the whole country has to be behind bars.

  • KennBest

    Just how Saraki taught Saraki how to steal. Its called generational stealing.

    • absam777

      Lol. Generational stealing, indeed.

  • Mazi JO

    “Badeh served as a Chief of Air Staff before he was elevated to the position of the Chief of Defence Staff till he retired (possibly honorably) from the military last year.” Amazing saga! The heap of evil will register on conviction. Dear Country what happened to thy honor?

  • samtalkback

    It is now clear who are the real enemies of the State. Since 1960 up to date our country had independence, we still remain a consuming country without productivity simply because men like Badeh who should have left a remarkable life and career at least a pioneering work on his retirement failed and trod the path of kleptocracy, not only that he bequeath such legacy to his sons, and preferred to offer ”A 1980s analog human-machine interface” with the Air force or Armed-forces whilst busy building his fortresses. Almost all the government parastatal are filled with 1980s analog systems, relatively either those who developed and design such systems are no more in the business or have merged. Today a lot of Badehians are out there who are yet to be caught putting the country at a fixed and lopsided not minding the pains and suffering they wreak on the nation and her people. It’s just a matter of time…

  • BENBELLA

    Of Course the family is part of the scam, Jail them, forfeit their loots, also no pension for him as well., Hmm he real believes he will never been caught ?

  • ade

    i don tire, no wonder we are backward as a nation..

  • And the show of shame continues…

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