A former Director of Finance and Account of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), Air Commodore Salisu Abdullahi Yushua (rtd), yesterday revealed how the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (rtd), diverted public fund to purchase properties for himself and his children.
Yushua, a Prosecution Witness, told the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that Badeh bought a N1.1 billion property for himself and N770 million properties for his two sons in Abuja with the money belonging to the Nigerian Air Force.
Badeh is being tried over alleged diversion of about N3.9 billion belonging to NAF. The witness told the court that the money was diverted by the former CDS between 2012 and 2014.
In his testimony, Yushua told the court that Badeh instructed him to buy houses for two of his sons in a highbrow area of Abuja. According to him, the former defence chief in-structed him to look for choice property for his first son, Alex Badeh jr., because he wanted him to own a house.
The witness claimed that Badeh bought a house at Wuse 2 at N260 million for his first son, renovated it with N60 million and furnished it with N90 million. He also said that when Badeh’s second son turned down a house worth N340 million, a second house had to be bought for N330 million. “My chief also told me he wanted his second son, Kam, to own a house. The name of the owner of the house is Isiaka Rabiu. “I told him the price of the house was about N340 million.
He directed me to pay. I paid the dollar equivalent of the money to Rabiu. The money was from the normal amount I take to my chief monthly. “When Kam saw the house, he didn’t like it. When my chief saw it, he said we should look for another one.
“One evening, I was sitting in my house. One Hon. Bature called and requested me to see him. He was then living at Kumasi Crescent at Wuse 2. When I saw him, he told me he wanted to sell his house. He was building another house somewhere.
“He requested me to find someone who can buy the house. I told my chief (Badeh) and he said he wouldn’t like Hon. Bature to know that he was the one buying. “I told him we could use Barrister Useni Umar. I told Useni that my chief would like to buy a house, but he wouldn’t want the buyer to know he is the one buying.
“I took Useni to Hon. Bature as an agent. After two days, the barrister told me he had concluded negotiation with Bature and that he had agreed to sell the house for N330 million. “My chief directed that I should pay for the house.
I took the equivalent of N330 million in dollar, which was deducted from his (Badeh’s) own money, and effected the payment. “I collected the title documents for the house and handed them over to my chief,” he added.
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