The 13th prosecution witness, Joseph Okpetu, in the ongoing trial of the former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Vice Marshal Alex Badeh (retd), Tuesday, narrated before the court how he helped the former CDS built houses and farm.
Lead in evidence by the prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), Okpetu, a contractor, told the court that he knew Badeh in 2003 when he did the renovation in Zone D Apo, Abuja, and also in 2008 when he did a construction for Nigeria Airforce in Kaduna.
He said when the defendant was appointed as the Chief of Air Staff in 2012, he was not in the country but when he returned, he went to his house and there he met with Yishau the Director of Finance .
He said after some months, Yishau called him and handed him a building plan to be constructed for Badeh in Yola and was given N100 million, which he refused before it was increased to N150 million.
“The construction in Yola was for three bedroom duplex, with a guest room and a boy’s quarters.
“The construction was completed in 2014, I don’t know if the house was occupied, but I told Yusau that we completed it, that is when he paid me the balance of the contract after completion,” he said.
When asked if he knew anything about the renovation Badeh’s house in the village, he said yes.
“I got a call by an unknown person and was asked if I was the one that built the house in the village for Badeh, I said yes, the person then said how much will it cost to renovate the house.
“I told him when it was built it was around N15 million to N19 million then, so, I told him it will cost N50 million and I was given the money.
“I also did some work on his farm with part of the N50 million, that is the access road to the farm. We also used part of the money to buy plants and equipment,” Okpetu added.
The matter was adjourned till January 12 for continuation of trial.