A retired Air Commodore and former Director of Finance and Account have revealed how Mr. Alex Badeh, ex-Air Force Chief of Staff, have consistently converted over N558 million stolen government funds into US dollars every month through his aides.
The retired director, Salisu Abdullahi, who stood as a witness told the court that the man who converted the money monthly was employed solely for that purpose. He also confirmed that Mr. Badeh personally received over N558 million every month – remaining balance after payment of monthly salaries to Air Force personnel.
“Out of the balance of N1.6 to N1.7 billion, the sum of N558 million was taken to Mr. Badeh’s personal residence at Niger Barracks after it is exchanged to dollar,” Mr. Abdullahi stated.
According to Abdullahi, the officer in charge of converting the millions of naira to dollars, identified simply as Group Captain Sini, is usually summoned to Mr. Abdullahi’s office every monthly to carry out the ‘naira to dollar’ conversion. Afterwards, the dollars are handed over by Mr. Abdullahi to his principal (Badeh).
Mr. Abdullahi said the Deputy Director of Finance at the NAF Head Quarters was directly responsible for distribution of funds. He said merely made inputs.
“I was in charge of the Finances of the entire NAF, not my own office,” Mr. Abdullahi stated during cross examination.
Mr. Abdullahi had stated during his cross-examination that Mr. Badeh received the controversial monthly sum of N558 million without accounting for same. He also disclosed that Mr. Badeh never confirmed in writing, the receipt of the controversial sum of N558 million which was taken to his (Mr. Badeh’s) residence personally by Mr. Abdullahi.
“The only instruction he gives in writing are those requests forwarded in writing from branches and units for approval”, he stated.
He gave a list of landed properties allegedly bought by the accused former Chief of Air Staff, Mr. Badeh, with funds alleged to have been fraudulently diverted while he was head of the NAF.