Badeh’s Contractor Testifies Against Him

Former Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh
Former Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh

More revelations continue to emerge at the ongoing corruption trial of former Chief of Defence Staff , Alex Badeh  as the 13th prosecution witness, Joseph Okpetu, told the court on Friday that he handled contracts for the ex-Air Chief.

Okpetu, testifying before Justice Okon Abang, said Badeh contracted to him the building of a mansion in Yola, the reconstruction of his home in Vimtim village, Mubi local government area, which was destroyed by Boko Haram, as well as the reconstruction of several churches and mosques running into several millions of naira.

According to the witness, Badeh’s Yola mansion was constructed between 2008 and 2012 at the cost of N150 million while the renovation of the building in Vimtim was for N50 million.

“I also built a Mosque, renovated three churches and a civic centre meant for skills acquisition and was paid N100 million in three installments by Air Commodore Yishau,” he said.

Okpetu told the court that his company started dealing with the Nigerian Air Force as far back as 2010, and had carried out many projects in Kano,Kaduna, Yola, Markurdi and Abuja for the government.

Led in evidence by prosecution Counsel Akin Olujinmi, SAN, the witness was asked whether he knew the 2nd defendant, Iyalikam Nigeria Limited, and he replied: “I don’t know Iyalikam Nigeria Limited, but I was paid N30 million from its account in 2015.

“We used the money for clearing of the perimeters in Badeh’s farm and imported materials then planted equipment at Akanciye in Nasarawa State.”

Okpetu added: “During the tenure of Badeh, I constructed the dining hall of Air Force Comprehensive School, supplied generator and also built in Kano 18 by two, non-commissioned officers’ quarters. “We drilled borehole also in Makurdi Air Force Base.”

The witness further revealed that the share structure of one of his company Vim Plast Nigeria Limited are, three million naira to Alex Badeh Junior, three million naira to Kamtufa Badeh and four million naira to himself, Okpetu.

He said the structure was later changed in 2015 thus: six million naira to Joseph Okpetu, three million to Kamtufa Badeh, N500,000 to Victoria Okpetu, and N500,000 also to Architect Dan Williams.

He also told the court that one of Badeh’s sons, Kamtufa, built a house in Kubwa, Abuja, adding that his father gave him the house as a contribution to the company.

The witness said that he was arrested and detained by the EFCC but did not spend a night in detention.

He however admitted that he was not psychologically stable and his lawyer was not present as at the time he wrote his statements.He also added that he wrote and signed all statements he made on eight occasions when he was in the custody of the EFCC.

The statements were subsequently tendered and admitted in evidence by Justice Abang as exhibit T89 to T96.

Justice Abang thereafter adjourned the matter to January 25 and 26 for continuation of cross examination.

Badeh, alongside a company, Iyalikam Nigeria Limited, is standing trial on a 10-count charge of money laundering.He is accused by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, of illegally using about N3.97 billion belonging to the Nigerian Air Force to purchase choice property in Abuja and other parts of the country.