The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday tendered 13 fresh exhibits in the ongoing trial of a former Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh.
Mr. Badeh is being prosecuted by the EFCC at a Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by Justice Okon Abang.
He was arraigned alongside his company, Iyalikam Nigeria Limited, for allegedly abusing his office by using the dollar equivalent of N1.4billion removed from the accounts of the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, to purchase properties in choice areas of Abuja between January and December, 2013.
At Thursday’s hearing, counsel to EFCC, Rotimi Jacobs, led in evidence the seventh prosecution witness, Oluwatoyin Oke, a businesswoman from whom Mr. Badeh allegedly bought a property in the Wuse 2 area of Abuja.
The witness told the court that she used to own and live in No. 19, Kumasi Crescent, Wuse 2 Abuja, also known as plot 456 Kumasi Crescent Wuse 2, until 2013 when she sold it for N260 million.
Ms. Oke stated that after putting the property up for sale, she was contacted by one Abba Maidama who informed her of an interested buyer.
Upon inspection of the property, she said Mr. Maidama informed her that his client was ready to commence payment in three installments.
The witness told the Court that the first installment she received was $550,000.00 which was paid into her account by the agent.
Upon receipt of the second and third installments of the dollar equivalent of N260million, Ms. Oke stated that she signed and handed over all the original documents and title deeds of the property, including a Power of Attorney, Deed of Assignment and Deed of Sale to Mr. Maidama.
Ms. Oke ascertained copies of the documents when they were shown to her in court by the prosecution counsel.
Thereafter, the documents were tendered and marked as exhibits D8 to D20 with no objection from lead defense counsel, Akin Olujimi, SAN.
When Mr. Olujimi was called upon to cross-examine the witness, he declined.
Justice Abang thereafter adjourned continuation of the trial to November 2 and 3.