At the resumed trial of a former Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, Air Chief Marshal Alex S. Badeh, on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 the fourth prosecution witness, PW4, Mustapha Yerima gave Justice Okon E. Abang of the Federal High Court Abuja a blow-by-blow account of how he was paid the sum of N108million through Badeh’s company, Vetivo Nigeria Limited.
Yerima whose testimony started on Monday stated that, the process of the payment came through a third party.
According to Yerima,
“The payment that came through a third party is as a result of the meeting between myself, Air Comodore Yushau (a retired Air Commodore and former director of finance and account) and Badeh. This was prior to my meeting with Air Commodore Yushau and Barrister Timothy Muje. At the meeting, Yushau introduced Timothy to me as the lawyer to Air Chief Marshall Badeh since he (Yushau) was retiring. He said I should transfer all the necessary documents to the lawyer (Timothy).’”
He stated that,
“Yushau came to the said meeting with prepared Deed of Assignment and Power of Attorney with his company’s name and another document transfering the title from Ryte Builders to Edile Construction Company. He was given a copy to sign and he did. He said he handed over to Timothy, the original Certificate of Occupancy, C of O, and the Deed of Assignment.”
After the transfer of the documents, Yerima claimed that he recieved the sum of N108 million.
“I recieved an alert from one Vetivo Nigerian Limited. I called Badeh and he confirmed that Vetivo Nigeria Limited was his and he instructed that the money be paid into my company’s account”, Yerima revealed.
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