Badeh’s Trial: Star witness says own property also under investigation

The trial of a former Chief of Air Staff, Alex Badeh, took a different turn, Monday, when prosecution witness, Salisu Yushau, told the court that his property had also been marked for investigation.

Mr. Badeh is standing trial for allegations of fraud and abuse of office.
Mr. Yushau, a former Director of Finance at the Nigerian Air Force headquarters, had stated while giving evidence that Mr. Badeh owned various houses in Kaduna and Abuja.
He suddenly admitted to owning a list of property, also under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in the same states.
The former director who was being cross-examined by Samuel Zibiri, counsel to Mr. Badeh, however said he bought the property with ‘housing loans’.
He listed his property under investigation by the commission as No 8b Danube Street, Wuse 2, Abuja, a car park which he purchased in 2002 and another one at N0 5c Sultan close, Kaduna, and two uncompleted houses in Kaduna – one at Tafawa Balewa Way, the other one at Ibrahim Biu Road.
Mr. Yushau explained that the proceeds from the sale of his office at Wuye District of Abuja was used to buy the two plots of land that he started developing in Kaduna.
He added that at the time he bought the Wuye property in 2010, its value was N45m but that he sold the house for N320m in 2015.
When asked by Mr. Zibiri if those were the only property he declared before the EFCC, Mr. Yushau further disclosed that he had a property on Lamido Road, Kaduna and another one at Railway Quarters, Kano, all of which are under investigation.
He said the houses were marked by the EFCC.
Mr. Yushau, who explained that Mr. Badeh never bought the property by himself, stated that the former Chief of Air Staff did not also document the sums of money given him (Mr. Yushau) for the purchase of the property.
“He has never bought a property himself; he inspects the property himself before giving me money to buy it,” he said.
In his evidence-in-chief, Mr. Yushau claimed that Mr. Badeh ordered him (the witness) to buy some choice property for himself and his children in Abuja.