Another witness identified as Mustapha Yerima, has testified against Nigerian former Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh. According to the witness, he said Alex used him to buy the alleged N320m property for his son.
Mustapha Yerima is the fourth prosecution witness speaking up against Alex Badeh. Mustapha told a court in Abuja that Mr Alex and his Director of Finance were avoiding getting into trouble and did not want to get involved in the house deal personally.
On May 23, 2013, Yerima’a lawyer, Ahmed Maiwada advised him to go ahead and commit to a valid consideration in exchange for the original certificate of occupancy for the land and execute the deed on his behalf.
During his cross-examination, Yerima said:
“The whole idea my lord is that they (Badeh and the first prosecution witness, Salisu Abdullahi as tagged PW1) did not want to get involved and I had instructed to do that.”
He said, for this reason, Ahmed Maiwada acted strictly on the transaction as his lawyer. The said property is located at Wuse area of Abuja and was bought from Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose. Yerima also said that the property was originally a residential land and that he did not apply for a change of use, as that assignment was assigned to someone else to implement.
When Akin Olujimi, counsel to Badeh, asked who the person was, the witness said he had no idea. Yerima also said he did not know that as at August 7, 2013, Fayose was still the developer of the property on record.
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This was because, at the point of concluding the transaction, he asked PW1 whose name should be used for the documentation. However, he was told to follow through with the project until the name of the company the document would be transferred to, is provided. All he knew was that the building belonged to PW1’s boss, and nothing more until he found out the person behind the property acquisition.