By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA—The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday, narrated before the Federal High Court in Abuja, how its operatives discovered $1 million in the home of former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh.
Badeh is answering to a 10-count criminal charge preferred against him by the EFCC.
He was alleged to have diverted over N3.9 billion from NAF accounts within 2013.
The ex-NAF boss is facing trial alongside his firm, Iyalikam Nigeria Ltd.
At the resumed hearing of the matter, an EFCC operative, Goji Mohammed, who testified as the fifteenth prosecution witness, PW-15, told the court that Badeh hid the money inside a wardrobe in his bedroom.
Mohammed said he was a member of the Special Task Force, STF, team whose mandate was to investigate cases reported to the Commission from Office of the National Security Adviser, NSA.
Led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, the witness said: “I was instructed to conduct a search by the Head of the STF ‘Team B’ on a property belonging to the defendant (Badeh) located at No 2b, Nelson Mandela Street, Asokoro Abuja.
“In early February 2016, the defendant was brought out of detention facility to witness the search on his property and his assistant was also present.
”The search was conducted and a lot of documents including landed property documents, bank account document were recovered. We also discovered that some of the furniture in the house contained the defendant’s name.
”We took record of the items after which the Investigating Officer, IO, signed and the defendant counter-signed.”