Fatima Dauda, a 9th prosecution witness in the on-going trial of the former Chief of Air Staff, ex- Air Vice Marshal, Alex Badeh (retd), has told a Federal High Court in Abuja, that she opened a “Visa Gold Account” for Badeh.
Badeh is facing trial at the Federal High Court, Abuja, on allegations of fraud.
The witness who claimed to have been a public relations manager of First Bank since 2011 with a distinct function of marketing people, said she was manager of the Visa Gold Account belonging to Badeh which cannot be operated over the counter except in case of deposits since 2012 when it was opened.
Fatima confessed before the trial Judge, Justice Okon Abang, that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) requested for information regarding the said account sometime May, 2016, which included certificate of identification, vouchers, statement of account and other relevant documents. The bundles of documents were however admitted in evidence as exhibit F1-F15.
According to the witness, initial deposits of 50,000 USD was made in two instalments by officers sent by Badeh which was later cross checked by the witness, “I filled the teller and wrote my name on it as evidence” she added.
The prosecution counsel, O.A Atolagbe seek the indulgence of the court to permit a detail explanation on some of the exhibits by the witness; without any objection from the defence counsel, Chief Akin Olujimi.
The witness recognised exhibit F1, dated March 15, 2016 as a document that comprises the “investigation activities” addressed to head of operations EFCC, bearing Alex Badeh as account holder.
Other exhibits were also acknowledged by the witness as Application form, latter of exemption from payment of utility bills, and documents showing cash deposits by the first defendant, all bearing Alex Badeh S.
The witness went further to narrate how 702,000 USD was made to the “Visa Gold Account” between June 13, 2013 to October 24, 2013 by either herself, Badeh or a third party.
Justice Abang further adjourned till Thursday November 17 for the continuation of evidence as the prosecution counsel demanded for more time to get documents which would also serve as more evidence.