A prosecution witness, Goji Mohammed, on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 gave a vivid explanation of how the operatives of the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) recovered one million dollars
during a raid conducted on the house of a former Chief of Defence
Staff, Alex Badeh, who is standing trial along 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.
Badeh allegedly abused his office as CDS by using the dollar
equivalent of the sum of N1.4billion removed from the accounts of the
Nigerian Air Force to purchase properties in choice areas of Abuja
between January and December, 2013.
Mohammed, who testified as PW15, told Justice Okon Abang of the
Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja that he was a member of
the Special Task Force, STF, team whose mandate was to investigate
cases reported to the Commission from the NSA’s office.
Led in evidence by Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, Mohammed said, “I was
instructed to conduct a search by the Head of the STF ‘Team B’ on a
property belonging to the defendant (Badeh) located at No 2b Nelson
Mandela Street, Asokoro Abuja”.
According to him, “In early February 2016, the defendant was brought
out of detention facility to witness the search on his property and
his assistant was also present. The search was conducted and a lot of
documents including landed property documents, bank account document
were recovered. We also discovered that some of the furniture in the
house contained the defendant’s name. We took record of the items
after which the Investigating Officer, IO, signed and the defendant
The witness shed more light on how the second search was conducted
with the help of an intelligence report received on another property
belonging to the Badeh which is located at No. 6, Ogun River street,
“In the report, there were allegations of many cars including SUV
salon parked within the premises of the building. Getting to the
building, we discovered it was empty, no cars, no security personnel”,
He explained how they entered the house through the balcony as the
front security door and the back door were all locked. He also
narrated how all the rooms were searched one after another.
“In the upstairs, we discovered the biggest room which has a bed with
side drawers and a large wardrobe. In one of the wardrobes, at the
upper compartment, there was a pack of kettle, as we opened it, we saw
the bag filled with money in Dollars (USD) and we counted the money
which is in 16 bundles of $50,000 each. We also found two sealed
bundles of $100,000 each, giving a total of one million dollars”, said
The PW15 told the court that a red box containing a knife which had an
encrypted name and 2 way bills of furniture supplied to the building
were also recovered. He added that the security of the house was
around when the search was conducted.
Jacobs sought to tender the search warrant, red box as well as the 2
way bills in evidence but was objected by counsel to the defendant,
Lasun Sanusi, SAN, who prayed to be obliged with copies of the
documents and urged the court to adjourn the matter in order for him
to ask his client questions on it.
Responding, Jacobs argued that the defence counsel had enough notice
as it was number 20 on the list filed on February 26, 2016. He craved
the indulgence of the court to show the video clip of how the search
Furthermore, Sanusi opposed the admissibility of the way bill and the
red box. He urged the court to reject it adding that they were
irrelevant as the search was conducted without the defendant in
But, Jacobs cited Section 149 and 150 of the Administration of
Criminal Justice Act, 2016 adding that, search warrant is to be made
in front 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
The case has been adjourned to February 23, 2017 for continuation of trial.
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February 21, 2017