Defence staff Alex Badeh Remanded for $19.8 million Fraud

Former chief of defence staff Alex Badeh bought properties including a $5.5 million mansion with air force money, converting his fraudulent withdrawals as staff salaries, stated at Abuja court by retired air commodore Salisu Abdullahi Yushau.
Retired air chief marshal Alex Badeh is on trial at a federal high court in Abuja, accused of diverting 3.97 billion naira
($19.8 million, 18 million euros) for his own use.
The finance director under Badeh when he was chief of air staff at the time of the alleged offences in 2013 said he exchanged 558.2 million naira for dollars every month on his boss' instructions.
The money was part of some four billion naira set aside for monthly salaries for air force personnel, retired air commodore Salisu Abdullahi Yushau told the court in evidence.
The withdrawals were accounted for "as salaries because the disbursement was done along with salaries", he said.
Yushau, who retired in December 2013, said he bought properties with the money for Badeh and his son, including a mansion in the upmarket Maitama district of Abuja worth 1.1 billion naira.
Badeh was appointed chief of defence staff in January 2014 by Former president Goodluck Jonathan when Boko Haram was really hitting had on Nigerians at the Northeast.

The judge trying the case Okon Abang adjourned Badeh's case and remanded him in custody until March 23.

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