I Didn’t Give Badeh N585m Directly – Witness

The trial of former Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (rtd) continued Wednesday with the cross examination of the sixth prosecution witness by the defence counsel, Akin Olujimi.
Being led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, during the morning proceedings, the sixth prosecution witness, Air Commodore Mohammed Lawal Sini, said he did not give the N585m Badeh is being accused of collecting from the Nigerian Air coffers directly to him.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), had presented Sini to shed more light on how the said money was converted to personal use while Badeh held sway as Chief of Air Staff.
Badeh is being prosecuted alongside Iyalikam Nigeria Limited before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja, for allegedly abusing his office as Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, by using the dollar equivalent of the sum of N1.4bn removed from the accounts of the Nigerian Air Force to purchase properties in choice areas of Abuja between January and December, 2013.
The offence is in contravention of Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.
Led in evidence by counsel to EFCC, Rotimi Jacobs, Sini, who is currently a Director in the Nigerian Air Force, gave details of events that occurred when he was the Camp Finance Officer, CFO, 106 Camp, in 2012.
Sini said in his testimony Wednesday, which was a continuation from Tuesday’s sitting, that he gave the said N585mto the then Director of Finance and Accounts (DFA), Air Commodore S. A. Yushau, (Prosecution Witness 1), who in turn handed it over to Badeh in his house.
Being cross examined by Olujimi, during the afternoon proceedings, Sini admitted that Badeh was not a signatory to the account of NAF.
“You can confirm that Badeh was not a signatory to the account of NAF? “, Sini answered, “Yes I can confirm he was not a signatory”
Documents, relating to plots of land said to be owned by Badeh, were also presented to him to go through, after which he was asked “whose signature is on the documents”, and he replied, “the documents were signed by me”
At the instance of the two parties, Justice Abang, the trial Judge adjourned to Oct. 27 for continuation of trial.

Author: News Editor

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