The trial of the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh at the Federal High Court in Abuja resumes today, Tuesday with the interrogation of the first prosecution witness, Comodore Abdullahi Yushau (rtd).
Yushau, a former Director of Accounts with the Nigerian Air Force, while testifying before the court, explained how he helped the ex-NSA to convert N558m from funds meant for the payment of salaries for the Nigerian Air Force into dollars and then delivered it to the former military chief in his then official residence at Niger barracks Abuja.
Yusuf, who had on March 24, told the court how Badeh diverted the sum of N1.1bn to purchase a property in Maitama area of Abuja where he will retire, said, at the resumed hearing today, that Badeh directed the posting of a junior officer to him, Captain Sini, whose job was to personally change the money into dollars as he only directs.
He said, “Badeh ordered the posting of Group Captain Sini to me, to personally handle the changing of over N558m into dollars.
“When Sini converts the money into dollars, he brings the money to me and I personally take the dollar equivalent to Badeh in his house.”
“My Command Finance Officers has all the records of all the money I gave to Badeh.”
“While I was in custody of the EFCC, my finance officers were also invited and they gave the records of all the properties procured for Badeh.
In the meantime, the trial Justice, Okon Abang rescheduled the trial till April 19 for further cross-examination of the prosecution witness and continuation of case.