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Alex Badeh Witness testifying against ex-military Chief admits to making conflicting statements

During cross-examination, the witness told the court that the conflicting statements to the EFCC and his testimony in court was due to the the technicality of the questions asked.

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The witness of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Air Commodore Salisu Yushau (retd), on Tuesday, April 19, admitted that he is making conflicting statements in the case of former Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh.

Yushau, who is testifying against Badeh, acknowledged that the statements he made to the EFCC was different from what he gave in court based on the nature of questions asked.

During cross-examination by Mr. Akin Olujimi (SAN), the witness told the court that the conflicting statements to the EFCC and his testimony in court was due to the the technicality of the questions asked.

“The statement I gave to the EFCC was to address the specific questions that were being asked.

“I know that it is not everything I am telling the court here that was captured in my statement.

“But the fact is that ‎everything I told the EFCC was within my knowledge and the records are there,” he said.

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He told the court that Badeh, and Mr. Hussein Umar inspected some properties in Maitama and Wuse 2, which were thereafter purchased in the name of Iyalikam Nigeria Limited and Alex Badeh junior.

“After we inspected the property and after been satisfied, my boss, (Badeh) gave me a name, in which the property should be purchased and I forwarded the name to the agent following the instruction of my boss.

"‎I did not say all this in my statement because I was answering the questions as they were been put through to me by the EFCC.”

Yushau said he had told the court that he was appointed Director, Finance and Account of the Nigeria Airforce, the position he said he told his boss he did not like.

“My boss, the first defendant was well aware that I did not like that office and I wanted to retire before he was appointed chief,” he said.

The case was adjourned till April 20.

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