How We Recovered $1m In Alex Badeh’s House – Witness


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

counter-signed.”

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,

Maitama, Abuja.

“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”,

Mohammed said.

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

Mohammed.

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

was conducted.

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

presence.

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

neighbourhood.

The case has been adjourned to February 23, 2017 for continuation of trial.

Wilson Uwujaren

Head, Media & Publicity

February 21, 2017

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