Badeh: I moved N7.4bn from NAF accounts in 14 months – Cashier

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TRIAL of former Chief of Defence
Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh
(rtd), continued before the Federal
High Court in Abuja yesterday, with
a former cashier at the Nigerian Air
Force, NAF,
Emmanuel Abu, revealing how
he moved N7.4 billion from salary
account of the force in 14 months.
Abu, who said he served at the Air
Force Camp located at Mogadishu
Cantonment, Asokoro, Abuja,
testified before the court as the
second prosecution witness, PW-1.
He mounted the witness box after
the erstwhile director of Finance and
Accounts at the NAF, Commodore
Abdullahi Yushau (rtd) concluded
his testimony yesterday, and was
discharged by trial Justice Okon
Abang.
In his evidence-in-chief, Abu
confirmed before the court that
N558.2 million was deducted from
salary account of NAF on monthly
basis, saying he was the person in
charge of converting the money
into dollars before it was eventually
transmitted to the defendant.
He told the court that two bureaux
de change, Juda BDC and Vasma
Holdings, were engaged to help
in the conversion of the money to
dollars every month.
Led in evidence by the prosecuting
counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs, SAN,
the witness said: “As the cashier,
my duties were to assist the Camp
Finance Officers in all financial
transactions, book keeping,
interfacing with bankers, bureau
de change (when necessary)
and payment of bill for NAF
headquarters.
“In 2011 when I resumed, I served
under a Camp Finance Officer,
CFO,Wing Commander, S. A. Bukar,
from June 2011 to November 2012.
“In November 2012, a new CFO
was posted in the person of Group
Captain Mohammed Lawal Sini,
who is now an Air Commodore.
“As a cashier, the source of
funding from my office was the
NAF headquarters and the funds are
usually for personnel emoluments
and monthly overhead expenses.
“We received the personnel
emoluments in UCA NAF 37 PE
Account, domiciled with UBA Zone
2. The account is for the payment of
personnel emoluments.
“The second account from which
we receive funds for overhead
is UCA NAF 37 current account,
domicile at Zenith Bank, Maitama.
It is used for monthly overhead
expenditure, for daily running of the
office.
“In PE, we usually received about
N900 million to N1.3 billion monthly.
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Source:: Nigerian Pilot