Witness reveals how ex-Defence Chief Badeh diverted N558m monthly from Nigerian Air Force
The prosecutor’s first witness was brought today at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on the trial of former Chief of Defense staff, Alex Badeh.
Counsel to the defendant, Samuel Zibiri told the court he had earlier applied to challenge the jurisdiction of the court in entertaining the charges filed against the first defendant.
Alex Badeh is currently facing a 10-count charge bordering on money laundering, criminal breach of trust and corruption.
He had earlier been granted a N2 billion bail on March 15 alongside two sureties in like sum of N1billion each.
‘’The application of the first defendant can only be considered along with a substantive issue at the end of proceedings’’ Judge said ‘the right of first defendant has been preserved to be heard at the end of proceedings’’
Counsel to EFCC, Rotimi Jacobs urged the court to dismiss the application of his learned counsel and proceed with trial.
Salisu Abdulahi (PW1), a retired Air force officer said in court that as at January 2015, the accused had requested him to get a house for him in Maitama for the sum of N1.1 billion where he wished to live when he retires.
Following that, Alex ordered him to also get another house worth N650 million in Wuse for himself and a house for his first son that worth N160 million.
Samuel Zibiri urged the court for an adjournment based on three grounds; it will enable him have access to some documents for cross-examination of witness, to meet the first defendant that is still in the custody of the EFCC amidst a third reason also.
The court should exercise digression in this regard.
Justice Okon Abang replied by saying it is not a substantial reason for the court to adjourn cross-examination of witness.
It is for the first defendant to perfect the conditions of bail so he can be released from custody and not applying for an adjournment for cross-examination.
‘’The Court cannot stall proceedings just because the first defendant is still in custody’’ he said
After his ruling, the trial was adjourned to 23 March for Cross-examination of witnesses.
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