EFCC presents video evidence of $1 million cash recovered from ex- Nigeria defence chief

Alex Badeh in court Photo: DailyPost

A Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja, presided over by Justice Okon Abang on Wednesday admitted in evidence the search warrant used by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in conducting a search on a house located at No. 6, Ogun Rivers Street, Maitama, Abuja belonging to a former Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh. during which $1million cash was recovered in his wardrobe.

Mr. Badeh is standing trial alongside Iyalikam Nigeria Limited on a 10-count charge bordering on money laundering, criminal breach of trust and corruption to the tune of N3.97 billion.

He allegedly abused his office as CDS by using the dollar equivalent of the sum of N1.4 billion removed from the accounts of the Nigerian Air Force to purchase properties in choice areas of Abuja between January and December, 2013.

At the last sitting, the EFCC through its PW15, Mohammed Goji, told the court how a search conducted on the house of the former CDS led to the recovery of the money.

Attempt by the prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs to tender the search warrant, a red box and the waybill as evidence was, however, objected to by Mr. Badeh’s counsel, Lasun Sanusi.

Mr. Sanusi argued that the documents were purportedly obtained from an illegal search.

According to him, the law gave the owner of the property the impetus to nominate a representative to witness such search if he or she could not be present.

“It is on record that the defendant was still in detention when the purported search was done in his house at Maitama which is a clear violation of the law.

“My Lord, we are not against the court admitting the search warrant as evidence but we vehemently oppose to the admissibility of the other items,’’ he said.

In response, Mr. Jacobs argued that Section 149 and 150 of ACJA which deals with house search warrant permitted the presence of two witnesses and the person the warrant is addressed to. He went further to explain how the witness can be any one in the neighbourhood.

Justice Abang in his ruling on the admissibility of the documents at the resumed sitting on Wednesday held that, “the first search warrant dated February 3, 2016 and executed on February 11, 2016 was not objected to” and it’s marked at exhibit T103.

The judge also held that issue of the legality of the item “is premature at this time” adding that, “it’s an issue for evidence in the final address”.

Consequently, the documents were admitted as exhibits T104, T105, T106 respectively.

Under further cross-examination, the PW15 insisted that the search was conducted in line with the enabling law and was recorded in a video clip.

Mr. Jacobs sought to tender the clip in evidence saying, “I will like to tender the DVD containing the search in evidence”, but its admissibility was again objected to by Mr. Sanusi, who said the document never came as part of the proof of evidence.

Mr. Sanusi added that, “we are seeing it for the first time in court even in civil cases we are to be given a copy of evidence so that we don’t fall into an ambush”.

He, therefore, asked for adjournment to enable him go through the evidence with his client.

Justice Abang after listening to the submissions of both counsel ordered the prosecution to oblige the defence with a copy of the clip and other documents they might wish to tender as evidence in the course of the trial.

The judge, thereafter, adjourned to March 20 – 23 for continuation of trial.


DOWNLOAD THE PREMIUM TIMES MOBILE APP

Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD:ADVERTISE HERE! CALL 07088095401


All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.


  • George

    Abacha time has returned.

    Video Nigerinas should get prepare for the animal in power

  • Thomas

    This trial is a total waste of tax payers money. Beyond reasonable doubt, Badeh has more than once been proven to have corruptly enriched himself, why take the country on this long and tedious journey?

  • Ogbusa Oleh

    DANGOTE 3X BIG BOSS CEMENT PROMO:
    BUY NOW AT AFFORDABLE PRICE OF #1,200 PER ONE BAG,HURRY NOW AND BUY DIRECT FROM OUR HEAD OFFICE BRANCH (FACTORY).
    AS AN INTERESTED BUYER (INDIVIDUAL OR DEALER) YOU CAN ORDER A MINIMUM OF 50 BAGS AND MAXIMUM OF A TRAILER LOAD OR MORE.
    CONTACT THE AUTHORIZE SALE MANAGER (MR. USMAN BELLO) VIA: (+2348039590698) FOR MORE INQUIRY ON HOW TO PURCHASE AND BE DELIVER TO YOUR DOOR STEP.IF
    INTERESTED IN ANY OTHER DANGOTE PRODUCTS SUCH AS
    1)Dangote Rice:Promo Price: N11,500
    2)Dangote Spaghetti (20 X 500 g): Promo Price: N1,300
    3)Dangote Noodles: (40 X 70 g):Promo Price : N1,200
    4)Dangote Flour :Promo Price: N10,500
    5)Dangote Sugar : promo price: N10,500 and many more. 0..8..0…39..59..06..98

  • bulus

    Bullshit…adjourned to end of March.. wtf? Even my cat Suzy knows this guy is guilty.. Administration of criminal justice act 2015 doesn’t make sense to these judges…is it not obvious that the judiciary is a serious setback. Reminds me of Fela’s song “power show”..every arm of government wants to flex power instead of working together to get rid of a common problem… I don’t blame Buhari, the man need the rest, Nigeria wahala is like a silk agbada, as you try to solve one problem before you finish another one appears…PMB, rest well after all no be you cause the problem jo!

  • Gary

    So much grandstanding but very little convictions so far. This trial has been dragging on forever. When will it end?

    We are tired of made-for-media evidence, Badeh will not be convicted by public opinion but in the courtroom. Mr. Magu, stop the self-serving show trials and focus on winning in court. We want results, not propaganda.

  • yinka hamZat

    Why dragging badeh’s case for so long .This man should be in prison serving jail sentence,rather than wasting taxpayers money.Nigerian judges end all these nonsense