The former Director of Finance and account of the Nigerian Airforce, Air Commodore Salisu Abdullahi Yushua (rtd), told a federal high court that the former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh defrauded the Nigerian Airforce of the sum of N3.7b.
The retired military officer, who gave evidence during the trial of the former defence chief, said Badeh committed the offence between years 2012 to 2014 when he was Chief of Air Staff.
He told the court that Nigeria Air Force(NAF) is funded through budgetary allocation under capital, over-head and personal monument sub-heads.
He told the court that the amount budgeted and approved for NAF each year varies but said they received a little above N4b monthly for personal emolument only.
“We usually receive a little above N4b monthly for personal emolument, however, our total wage bill as at that time was over N2b including salaries and allowances.
“After salaries and allowances are paid, we usually have a balance of about N1.6b or N1.7b monthly.
“Out of the amount, the sum of N558m is usually earmark for Chief of Air staff control while the balance is disbursed to Commands and Directorate unit for priority projects and training”.
Yushau said the former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) instructed that the N558m should be changed into dollar denomination and he, in turn directed the finance officer to convert it into dollars.
He however told the court that he had no written instruction because it was a verbal instruction.
He further told the court that every month he and the finance officer take the sum in dollars to Badeh’s residence at Niger Barrack.
He said in January 2013, Badeh told him that he wanted to buy a house and he made inquiry and got a house in Ogun Street, Maitama, through a friend.
According to his evidence, Badeh inspected the house and paid N1.1b to purchase it after being satisfied with the property after inspection.
He said, “he directed that we should pay for the house after negotiation was completed. He brought the balance to make up N1.1b and I gave the money to Barrister Hussein Umar, who sold the house on behalf of the owner”.
According to the witness, when Umar asked in whose name the house document be prepared, he said it should be prepared in the name of Iyalikan Nig. Ltd, a company which the commission said Badeh has interest.
The witness continued, “sometime in 2013, Badeh also approached me that he needed a plot and an engineer was brought, who sighted plot 1386 Oda Crescent, Wuse 2, which was later paid for at the cost of N650m after being satisfied”.
He explained that in one month, he brought the sum of N558 to Badeh and he immediately used it to purchase the plot.
The trial is to continue on March 23, 2016.