alex badeh
alex badeh

TRIAL of former Chief of Defence
Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh
(rtd), continued before the Federal
High Court in Abuja yesterday, with
a former cashier at the Nigerian Air
Force, NAF,
Emmanuel Abu, revealing how
he moved N7.4 billion from salary
account of the force in 14 months.
Abu, who said he served at the Air
Force Camp located at Mogadishu
Cantonment, Asokoro, Abuja,
testified before the court as the
second prosecution witness, PW-1.
He mounted the witness box after
the erstwhile director of Finance and
Accounts at the NAF, Commodore
Abdullahi Yushau (rtd) concluded
his testimony yesterday, and was
discharged by trial Justice Okon
Abang.
In his evidence-in-chief, Abu
confirmed before the court that
N558.2 million was deducted from
salary account of NAF on monthly
basis, saying he was the person in
charge of converting the money
into dollars before it was eventually
transmitted to the defendant.
He told the court that two bureaux
de change, Juda BDC and Vasma
Holdings, were engaged to help
in the conversion of the money to
dollars every month.
Led in evidence by the prosecuting
counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs, SAN,
the witness said: “As the cashier,
my duties were to assist the Camp
Finance Officers in all financial
transactions, book keeping,
interfacing with bankers, bureau
de change (when necessary)
and payment of bill for NAF
headquarters.
“In 2011 when I resumed, I served
under a Camp Finance Officer,
CFO,Wing Commander, S. A. Bukar,
from June 2011 to November 2012.
“In November 2012, a new CFO
was posted in the person of Group
Captain Mohammed Lawal Sini,
who is now an Air Commodore.
“As a cashier, the source of
funding from my office was the
NAF headquarters and the funds are
usually for personnel emoluments
and monthly overhead expenses.
“We received the personnel
emoluments in UCA NAF 37 PE
Account, domiciled with UBA Zone
2. The account is for the payment of
personnel emoluments.
“The second account from which
we receive funds for overhead
is UCA NAF 37 current account,
domicile at Zenith Bank, Maitama.
It is used for monthly overhead
expenditure, for daily running of the
office.
“In PE, we usually received about
N900 million to N1.3 billion monthly.
We pay salaries from it, the balance
of the salaries, which is usually for
non-regular allowances, training
and operations and hanger catering,
is transferred to five other accounts,
three with Zenith Bank, one with
Diamond Bank and one with UBA.
“The remnant in PE account are
transferred to five other accounts
after paying salaries, because the
balance of the salaries are meant for
other purposes, and the PE account
is just for payment of salaries.
“After distributing the money
into five accounts, the funds are
used to augment NAF overhead
expenditures. We use them to pay
estacode, non-regular allowances,
training and operations, also
purchase of aviation fuel.
“For the expenditure of 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 CFO resumed, he
informed me verbally that there
was a standing instruction for
N558,200,000 to be set aside monthly
for headquarters NAF training and
operational purposes.
“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
N7.8 billlion plus was set aside.
“Of this, within the 14 months,
I received instruction to transfer a
total sum of N410 million to AFCO
Nigeria Ltd and N875 million plus to
Right Builders Technologies.”
Justice Abang adjourned further
hearing on the matter till May 18.


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