alex badeh
alex badeh

TRIAL of former Chief of
Defence Staff, Air Chief
Marshal Alex Badeh, continued
yesterday with further cross
examination of the prosecution
witness, Air Commodore
Salisu Abdullahi Yushau.
At the resumed hearing,
the defence counsel, Chief
Akin Olujimi (SAN) subjected
the witness to further cross
examination during which
he admitted that most of the
statements he made as evidence
in court were not contained
in his earlier statement with
the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The witness had made only
five distinct statements with
the EFCC and when asked by
the defence counsel the reason
he left out substantial part of
the evidence when he made
the statement, he said that his
answers were only based on
the questions he was asked at
the EFCC.
“You made substantive
addition in your evidence
in chief compared to your
statement with the EFCC,”
Olujimi put to the witness.
In his response, the witness
told the court that what he
said in evidence was within
his knowledge when he made
his statement with the EFCC.
In addition, all I said in the
EFCC was to address specific
questions.”
From further cross
examination, it was disclosed
by the defence counsel that
the witness had earlier told
the EFCC in his February 4
statement that the money
for the development of the
shopping complex was paid in
dollars at once.
But the witness admitted it
was an error.
“I cannot remember saying
‘once’ but if I said so, it was an
error,” the witness said.
Also, when taken on what
transpired between him and
one Architect Saka, he said
that based on the directive
of his boss, he had engaged
Saka who drew plan for the
shopping complex.
And when asked if he was
the one who paid Saka for
the drawing, he said the
man was not paid but when
cross examined further,
he disclosed that since the
job was given to Engineer
Mustapha Yerima, the
managing director of Ryte
Builders, the construction
company that handled the
shopping complex, he made
him to give “something to
Saka.
“After the construction
job was given to Engineer
Yerima on the instruction of
my boss, I called him to give
Saka something since the job
was not given to him, and I
was told he gave him N10
million,” the witness said.
On the balance payment


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