Trial of former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, continued yesterday with further cross examination of the prosecution witness, Air Commodore Salisu Abdullahi Yushau.
At the resumed hearing, the defence counsel, Chief Akin Olujimi (SAN) subjected the witness to further cross examination during which he admitted that most of the statements he made as evidence in court were not contained in his earlier statement with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The witness had made only five distinct statements with the EFCC and when asked by the defence counsel the reason he left out substantial part of the evidence when he made the statement, he said that his answers were only based on the questions he was asked at the EFCC.
“You made substantive addition in your evidence in chief compared to your statement with the EFCC,” Olujimi put to the witness.
In his response, the witness told the court that what he said in evidence was within his knowledge when he made his statement with the EFCC. In addition, all I said in the EFCC was to address specific questions.”
From further cross examination, it was disclosed by the defence counsel that the witness had earlier told the EFCC in his February 4 statement that the money for the development of the shopping complex was paid in dollars at once.
But the witness admitted it was an error.
“I cannot remember saying ‘once’ but if I said so, it was an error,” the witness said.
Also, when taken on what transpired between him and one Architect Saka, he said that based on the directive of his boss, he had engaged Saka who drew plan for the shopping complex.
And when asked if he was the one who paid Saka for the drawing, he said the man was not paid but when cross examined further, …Read More
Source:: Nigerian Pilot