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Ex-defence chief Badeh kept $1m cash in wardrobe, witness tells court

Ex-defence chief Badeh kept $1m cash in wardrobe, witness tells court

A prosecution witness on Tuesday told the Federal High Court in Abuja that ex- Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, kept $1 million in cash inside a wardrobe in his house.

 

Goji Mohammed, who is the 15th prosecution witness (PW15) to testify in Mr. Badeh’s ongoing corruption trial, disclosed that he was part of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s (EFCC) team, led by Isyaku Sharu, that conducted the search in Mr. Badeh’s house in Asokoro, Abuja.

During the search, some bank documents, land documents, tax documents and few other instruments were recovered, PW15 said.

He revealed that the commission carried out the search following intelligence report it received on the property located at No. 6 Ogun River Street, Maitama, which was found to be Mr. Badeh’s property.

To search the house, Mohammed said his team gained access through the balcony from where it climbed into the House.

He said they invited the security man of the neighbouring house so that he can witness the search.

He explained, “When we climbed in, we were in the living area upstairs so we used the stairs and went to the living area downstairs and started our search from there.

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“When we got to the biggest room in the house, we saw a wardrobe, on opening it, we saw a bag and on opening it contained foreign currency.

“We saw 16 bundles of 50 US dollar notes and two sealed bundles containing 100,000 US dollars which we estimated to amount to one million US dollars.

“On further counting the money in our office we discovered it was exactly one million dollars.”

The case was adjourned till February 22 for continuation by Justice Okon Abang.

Badeh is being prosecuted for alleged money laundering when he was serving as Chief of Air Staff.

 

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