Arms Deal: How Badeh wanted me to claim own property – witness

The trial of a former Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, Air Chief Marshal Alex S. Badeh, continued on Tuesday before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja.

Prosecution witness, Mustapha Yerima, further stated how he was pressured by the defendants to claim the property allegedly acquired with the proceeds of crime.

Badeh is standing trial alongside Iyalikam Nigeria Limited for allegedly abusing his office as Chief of Defense Staff by using the dollar equivalent of the sum of N1.4billion removed from the accounts of the Nigerian Air Force.

He is accused of utilising the funds to purchase properties in choice areas of Abuja between January and December, 2013 – an offence which contravenes Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.

At the resumed hearing, Yerima, who had earlier testified as PW4, further testified to the effect that, Air Commodore Salisu Abdullahi Yushau (retd) had invited him over to the Defence House, after his (Yushau’s) retirement to coordinate the handover of documents and discuss progress of construction of the plaza, then on-going.

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