Early today it was reported by punch news paper the AN1.1bn mansion seized from the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (retd.), has been converted to an office to be used by the Federal Government.
Nigeria Federal Government Has Converted Badeh’s N1.1bn Mansion to Office
Punch who recently send one of their correspondent to visit the property located at Plot 6 Ogun River Crescent, Maitama, a highbrow area in Abuja, however learnt acknowledge that the property has being converted to government office currently been used by the Presidential Committee on the North-East Intervention headed by Lt.-Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, a former Minister of Defence.
Further more there was an observation that the warning, ‘EFCC, Keep Off!’ which was previously written in red ink on the fence, had been wipe off.
We learnt from further that the second building (although uncompleted) seized from Badeh, which is located directly opposite the one converted by the Federal Government, still has the EFCC inscription on its fence as it was early on the used one now.
How ever some gardeners and other domestic workers were seen clearing the grass and sweeping the compound when punch correspondent visited the property.
Punch correspondent who visited the property forwarded step into the building, and noticed that the rooms had been converted into offices while desks had been set up at strategic positions.
When one of the works were approached, he stated that the property was given to them to work on by the government.
“The property was given to us by the government to work. I know that the EFCC seized the property some months ago but it was given to us to work.”
Informationhood learnt that EFCC is prosecuting Badeh alongside a firm, Iyalikam Nigeria Limited, on 10 counts of money laundering bordering on alleged fraudulent removal of about N3.97bn from the Nigerian Air Force account.
The EFCC lawyer, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), had reported to the court that the EFCC searched the property and recovered $1m in cash.
A former Director of Finance and Account of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Aliyu Yishau (retd.) who is the prosecution witness against Badeh, had informed the court that while Badeh was the Chief of Air Staff, he routinely helped Badeh to divert the sum of N558.2m by converting it to its dollar equivalent… hmmm how shocking.
He stated that him self personally helped Badeh to buy the N1.1bn property which has now been converted to Federal Government’s use.
He said “Sometime in January 2013, when I was taking the normal amount to him (Badeh) in dollars, he directed that we should pay for the house. So, he brought out the balance in dollars and made up the equivalent of N1.1bn.”
Jacobs said although Badeh had denied ownership of the property, his belongings, including photographs, were found in it during a search by the operatives of the commission.
It will be recalled that the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, had disclosed at the opening of a meeting with the members of the National Steering Committee of the Efficiency Unit on June 10, 2016, that the Muhammadu Buhari-led government was planning to convert some of the seized properties to offices in a bid to save money spent on rent.
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