Nigerian Air Force : How I Helped Badeh Divert N558.2m Monthly - NAF Cashier Tells Court

Date: 12-05-2016 7:17 am (5 years ago) | Author: kacy lee
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A cashier at the Nigerian Air Force headquarters, Emmanuel Abu, on Wednesday narrated to a Federal High Court in Abuja, the role he played in the alleged monthly diversion of N558.2m from the Nigerian Air Force accounts by an ex-Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (retd.).

Abu, who was testifying as the second prosecution witness in Badeh’s ongoing trial, said he routinely converted the N558.2m to dollars which the prosecution alleged was being handed over to the former Air Force chief monthly.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is prosecuting Badeh alongside a firm, Iyalikam Nigeria Limited, on 10 counts of money laundering bordering on alleged fraudulent removal of about N3.97bn from the Nigerian Air Force’s account.

The anti-graft agency accused Badeh of using the fund to buy and develop landed assets in Abuja for himself and two of his sons between January and December 2013.

Abu stepped into the witness box after the first prosecution witness, a former Director of Finance and Account of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Aliyu Yishau (retd.), completed his testimony on Wednesday.

Yishau had testified how he was handing over the dollar equivalent of the N558.2m to Badeh at the Chief of Air Staff’s official residence on a monthly basis and also how he helped Badeh to use the money to acquire landed assets in Abuja.

Abu, who was led in evidence by the lead prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), on Wednesday said he converted N558.2m monthly removed from NAF’s Personnel and Emolument account for 14 months between November 2012 and December 2013.

He said within the 14 months period, a total of over N7.8bn was set aside and converted to dollars.

Abu explained that he and the Financial Officer at the headquarters of the Nigerian Air Force Camp, Mogadishu Cantonment, Asokoro, Abuja, Group Captain Mohammed Lawal Sini, (now Air Commodore), were the only signatories to the six accounts operated by NAF.

He said Sini gave him the instruction for the monthly setting aside of the  N558.2m immediately he (Sini) became the Finance Officer in November 2014, about a month after Badeh assumed the office of the Chief of Air Staff.

He explained that the N558.2m was a monthly leftover in the Personnel and Emolument account of the NAF after the payment of members of staff salaries and entitlements for a particular month.

He said after the payment of the staff salaries the leftover was usually transferred to the other five accounts of the Nigerian Air Force to augment NAF’s overheads and expenditures.

But he said no voucher was ever raised for its disbursement as it was done for other disbursement from other accounts of the NAF.

He said, “The left over in the personnel and emolument account are transferred to five other accounts after paying salaries, because the balance of the salaries are meant for other purposes, and the personnel and emolument account is just for payment of salaries.

“After distributing the money into five accounts, the funds are used to augment the NAF overheads expenditure. We use them to pay estacode, non-regular allowances, training and operations, also purchase of aviation fuel.

“For the expenditure for the fund, we receive approvals from the headquarters of NAF, usually approved by the Chief of Air Staff, however, in November 2012, when the new Camp Finance Officer resumed, he informed me verbally that there was a standing instruction for the sum of N558,200,000 to be set aside monthly for headquarters, NAF training and operational purposes.


Alex Badeh

“He also informed me that the amount is to be converted to US dollars, except there is any other instruction to the contrary.

“I complied with the instruction and I converted the amount monthly, from November 2012 to December 2013, within the 14 months, a total of N7.8b plus was set aside, out of this, within the 14 months, I received, instruction to transfer a total sum of N410m to HAFCO Nigeria Limited and N875m plus to Right Builders Technologies.

Under cross-examination by Badeh’s lawyer, Chief Akin Olujinmi (SAN), Abu confirmed that he never received any instruction relating to the setting aside of the N558.2m and its conversion to dollars.

He also said he had no official record of the dollar equivalent of the N558.2m.


Posted: at 12-05-2016 07:17 AM (5 years ago) | Addicted Hero
- kabukabu at 12-05-2016 07:20 AM (5 years ago)
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Accomplice. Share the jail term equally
Posted: at 12-05-2016 07:20 AM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- angesco at 12-05-2016 07:29 AM (5 years ago)
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Do talk too loud. David Cameroun may hear it and go on to describe Nigeria as EXCEEDINGLY fantastically corrupt.

And we do not want to disgrace Buhari/Nigeria even more  at the ongoing World Anti Corruption Summit.

We can blame who we like for our corruption but ALL those who chose to add to Nigerias problem did so through their OWN FREE WILL. And this includes every single Nigerian who has OFFERED or TAKEN bribe.
Posted: at 12-05-2016 07:29 AM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- angesco at 12-05-2016 07:30 AM (5 years ago)
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Quote from: angela on 12-05-2016 07:29 AM
Do NOT  talk too loud. David Cameroun may hear it and go on to describe Nigeria as EXCEEDINGLY fantastically corrupt.

And we do not want to disgrace Buhari/Nigeria even more  at the ongoing World Anti Corruption Summit.

We can blame who we like for our corruption but ALL those who chose to add to Nigerias problem did so through their OWN FREE WILL. And this includes every single Nigerian who has OFFERED or TAKEN bribe.
Posted: at 12-05-2016 07:30 AM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- odegbalegu at 12-05-2016 07:59 AM (5 years ago)
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Bunch of zombies. Ordered to kill, you kill. Ordered to loot, you loot. Making this Country a fantastically chronic corrupt Nation in the world.
Posted: at 12-05-2016 07:59 AM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Deltaboy1 at 12-05-2016 08:09 AM (5 years ago)
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jonathan.. tenure
Posted: at 12-05-2016 08:09 AM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- leodavinci at 12-05-2016 08:32 AM (5 years ago)
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Menh this men are not just thiefs anymore they are kingpin....
Posted: at 12-05-2016 08:32 AM (5 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Mykie010 at 12-05-2016 09:09 AM (5 years ago)
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Very irresponsible fathers..
Posted: at 12-05-2016 09:09 AM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- gogoman at 12-05-2016 09:12 AM (5 years ago)
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na wa ooooo
Posted: at 12-05-2016 09:12 AM (5 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- robertedo3 at 12-05-2016 09:18 AM (5 years ago)
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what  a world  and country  called Nigeria  we live in ,  this is  terrible   i wonder sometimes if this men are really humans  or animals , this men are the reason behind boko haram  existence  money met to flush  out   this deadly group  were diverted  to their personal pockets , iam not  surprised   David Cameron   of Britain calling Nigeria  the most corrupt country in the universe  , now  the question is do we really deserve any  apology  from the prime minister?  iam really ashamed  of my country  called  Nigeria  where all aspect  and department of  lives  are corrupt , i weep for this nation  with no future and direction for its citizens   what  a shame , i think  the Nigerian  man and woman  are the most selfish  humans on this planet earth, i just hope  this people are successfully  prosecuted  and sent to jail  
Posted: at 12-05-2016 09:18 AM (5 years ago) | Upcoming
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- kachasi at 12-05-2016 10:15 AM (5 years ago)
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YOU ARE TOLD TO COME AND SECURE OUR TERRITORY U WENT AND STARTED LOOKING FOR DOLLARS ABI. YAWA DON GAS NA.
Posted: at 12-05-2016 10:15 AM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- kachasi at 12-05-2016 10:16 AM (5 years ago)
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Bunch of zombies. Ordered to kill, you kill. Ordered to loot, you loot. Making this Country a fantastically chronic corrupt Nation in the world.

ARE U CONFIRMING THE WORDS OF CAMERON
Posted: at 12-05-2016 10:16 AM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- CHRISETTE at 12-05-2016 10:35 AM (5 years ago)
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Get them all criminals!
Posted: at 12-05-2016 10:35 AM (5 years ago) | Hero
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- CHRISETTE at 12-05-2016 10:37 AM (5 years ago)
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Quote from: isaac ogosu on 12-05-2016 07:59 AM
Bunch of zombies. Ordered to kill, you kill. Ordered to loot, you loot. Making this Country a fantastically chronic corrupt Nation in the world.
When david cameroun said it. They started shouting
Posted: at 12-05-2016 10:37 AM (5 years ago) | Hero
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- Eazyatumeyi at 12-05-2016 01:10 PM (5 years ago)
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My own be say all the money wey them dey recover so hope we no go hear story later o
Posted: at 12-05-2016 01:10 PM (5 years ago) | Hero
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- morgan1 at 12-05-2016 02:04 PM (5 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
Posted: at 12-05-2016 02:04 PM (5 years ago) | Hero
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- Akpan22 at 12-05-2016 04:06 PM (5 years ago)
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Oh my God see money where this people dey steal
Posted: at 12-05-2016 04:06 PM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- raynebee at 12-05-2016 05:07 PM (5 years ago)
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I no see #1 ....unu de talk rubbish
Posted: at 12-05-2016 05:07 PM (5 years ago) | Hero
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- AmazingMarie at 12-05-2016 07:21 PM (5 years ago)
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I wonder why the accomplice witness contradicted himself under cross examination? I pray the defendant will not escape punishment in this charge
Posted: at 12-05-2016 07:21 PM (5 years ago) | Hero
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- AmazingMarie at 12-05-2016 07:24 PM (5 years ago)
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see his mighty bead for wacking stolen money instead of being disciplined and professional.
Posted: at 12-05-2016 07:24 PM (5 years ago) | Hero
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