A Federal High Court in Abuja was told yesterday how former Chief of Defence Staff Alex Badeh allegedly deployed public funds to acquire N320 million house in Abuja for his 28-year-old son, Kam.
A retired Air Commodore, Aliyu Yishau, who said he served as former director of Finance and Account of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) when Badeh was the Chief of Air Staff (between September 2012 and December 2013), made this disclosure at the resumption of proceedings in the trial of Badeh and a firm, Iyalikam Nigeria Limited.
Badeh and the firm were arraigned on March 7, on a 10-count charge of breach of trust and corruption for allegedly diverting about N3.97 billion from NAF’s account. Yishau, the first prosecution witness, who was cross-examined by Badeh’s lawyer Akin Olujinmi (SAN), said the N320 million house was the second of such property acquired in Wuse 2, Abuja by the former Chief of Defence Staff for his children.
He said the first house located at No: 19 Kumasi Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja was bought for Badeh’s first son, Alex Badeh (Jnr), at N260 million, with N60 million spent to renovate it. Yishau added that N90 million was expended in furnishing the property.