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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Witness tells court how former Chief of Air Staff, Alex Badeh, tried to conceal ownership of N1.8bn shopping mall

The trial of Alex Badeh, a former Chief of Air Staff, continued Wednesday with the nineteenth prosecution witness, Abubakar Madaki, telling a Federal High Court, Abuja that investigations into a number of properties linked to him exposed how several millions of naira was diverted from Nigeria Air Force, NAF’s accounts for personal enrichment, and properties whose ownership he tried to conceal.  

Madaki, an operative of the EFCC, while being led in evidence by the prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, told Justice Okon Abang that investigations were carried out on a number of properties, linked to Badeh, including a shopping mall, and particularly a property located at 19, Kumasi Crescent, in Abuja.
He said:

“In the course of our investigation, Kabiru Salawu, owner of Platinun Universal Company told us that the Certificate of Occupancy, C of O of No 19. Kumasi Crescent bearing the name of his company, originally belonged to Alex Badeh Jr, (son of Badeh). 
Badeh Jr, however, returned the original C of O and the agreement to him, and instructed him to lay claim to the property. In the course of investigating the property, we also discovered that Simi Mohammed, a paymaster with NAF, paid over N300 million in dollar equivalent to Mustapha Yarima, managing director of Ryte Builders Nigeria Limited.”

Yarima, according to Madaki, was paid the money to begin construction of a shopping mall, which was traced to Badeh. He revealed that “an estimate of N950 million to N1.2 billion for the construction of the shopping complex was submitted by Yarima.  As work progressed, Yarima regularly briefed Salisu Yishau (a former NAF director, finance/account), who in turn updated Badeh, and when the fund was exhausted, Yishau invited him to meet Mohammed who subsequently paid him from the NAF account. Subsequently, payment to Ryte Builders Nigeria Limited resumed, and a total of N860 million was received from the NAF, and as soon as the money got finished work slowed down.”

He added that investigations showed that Badeh “was not happy with the slow pace of work, and summoned a meeting between Yishau and Yarima, in his house. It was at the meeting that Badeh told them that henceforth, he was going to provide fund through his son, Alex Badeh Jr,” Madaki said.

He further testified that after the meeting Yarima received the sum of N102 million from Vetiva Capital Investment. According to him, investigations then shifted to the company and its owner was invited for interrogation.

“Vetiva Capital Investment was represented by Olawolu Mudashiru, son of late Commodore Mudashiru, and he confirmed payment by the company totaling N102 million authorized payment on behalf of Badeh Jr,” he said, adding that Badeh Jr, claimed that “Vetiva will have 70 per cent interest in the proposed restaurant.”
Madaki further testified that Yarima claimed that not long after he received N102 million from Vetiva Capital Investment, for the conclusion of the construction work, there was a new development. Yarima said Yishau called him that Badeh, had sent his lawyer and given instruction that the property which was in the name of Ryte Builders Technologies Limited be transferred to another name,” he said

According to him, one Timothy Mudi, a lawyer to Badeh, “carried out the direction, and took the document to Badeh.” He further added that based on the new information received during investigation that one Umar Hussein, a lawyer, brought some documents and handed them over to Mudi in the presence of Yishau, he decided to call Badeh Jr for questioning.

“One of my operatives called him, only for him to tell us that he was in the United State and was due in the country in a week’s time,” he said, noting that he was put on watch list, and letters sent to relevant organization. 

We also obtained a forfeiture order on the property at 19, Kumasi Crescent, and six or seven other properties,” Madaki added.

Madaki further stated that, both Mudi and Badeh Jr called Yarima to claim the property. 

“In the course of investigation, we got Hussein’s phone number and invited him for questioning, and he told us that his boss Badeh wanted to have a befitting retiring home in Maitama,” he said. 


Further hearing in the matter continues on June 22, 2017

Badeh is standing trial along with Iyalikam Nigeria Limited on a 10-count charge bordering on money laundering, criminal breach of trust and corruption to the tune of N3.97billion brought against him by the EFCC.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

PLEASE PEOPLE THIS COUNTRY, HOW IS THIS BADEH AND AYODELE OKE DIFFERENT FROM EVANS?
AND NO BODY IS PARADING THEM.
IS THERE EXCEPTIONS TO OUR LAWS?
THESE GUYS ARE COMMON THIEVES, PLAIN AND SIMPLE.

Anonymous said...

PLEASE PEOPLE THIS COUNTRY, HOW IS THIS BADEH AND AYODELE OKE DIFFERENT FROM EVANS?
AND NO BODY IS PARADING THEM.
IS THERE EXCEPTIONS TO OUR LAWS?
THESE GUYS ARE COMMON THIEVES, PLAIN AND SIMPLE.

Vivian Reginalds said...

CRIMINALS
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Anonymous said...

This Man called Badeh has killed the NAF. If every Chief is behaving the way he did, am not sure he will have anything to take way.

Jude Obasogie said...

In as much as there is no much difference between Badeh and Evans but in the eyes of the law, he cannot be paraded because he has not confess to the crime, Evans in the other side has. They will all pay for their crime, one way or the other.

Anonymous said...

They use pen, which is less dangerous. But Evans uses arms, in provocation can take a life. Life is more important than cash. Lol

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

big shame on the NIGERIAN AIR FORCE, this crime was not committed alone, its an organized crime and they all should be made to pay.i use to think our military was the most disciplined of all sectors in Nigeria and i was prepping my junior brother for enlistment next year... BIG BIG SHAME

Anonymous said...

Alex Badeh was formerly the "Chief of Defence Staff" not Air Staff

Anonymous said...

They equally use pen to steal and cause hunger on the citizens who later die as a result of starvation and inadequate medical treatment. Is it not same as killing with gun?

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