EFCC Witness Contradicts Self at Badeh Trial


Alex Enumah in Abuja

A prosecution witness of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Air Commodore Salisu Yushau, on Tuesday admitted most of the information he gave in evidence in the trial of former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Marshall Alex Badeh, were not part of information given to the commission when he made his statement last year.

The witness, a former Director of Finance, Nigerian Air Force Headquarters, disclosed this during cross examination by Akin Olujimi, SAN, lead counsel to Badeh.

Badeh, alongside his firm, Iyalikam Nigeria Limited, are being prosecuted by the EFCC on a 10-count charge of money laundering and alleged fraudulent removal of about N3.97bn from NAF’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.

He however pleaded not guilty to the charges.

At the resumed hearing, the witness who was subjected to further cross examination admitted that most of statements he made as evidence in court were not contained in his earlier statement with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).