Witness: how we found $1million in Alex S. Badeh’s bed room
Anna Awe Akuson, one of the prosecution witnesses told the court on Wednesday how they discover $1million (One Million US Dollars) ( N3.9 billion) in Alex S. Badeh, former Chief of Air Staff’s bed room.
Anna Akuson, a civil servant who work with the EFCC as a camerawoman said during their search conducted on a property allegedly belonging to the defendant located at No. 6 Ogun River Street, Off Danube Street, Maitama, Abuja, said they found the bundles of Dollars rapped with a pillow case.
Rotimi Jacobs, prosecution counsel for EFCC in a cross examination with the witness ask her about her involvement with the case.
Anna said; “I am a cameraman working with the EFCC. On February 24, 2016, I was assigned to go on a search with some operatives. The team leader told me the properties (we were to search) belong to Alex Badeh.
“On reaching the place, I started my recording from outside. In the master bedroom (upstairs), we found a traveling bag covered with a pillow-case in the wardrobe. We opened the traveling bag and found US dollars inside. We brought the bag down and the money was counted.
“After the search, we returned to the office and I copied the visual from my camera to a hard drive, after which I burned it to a DVD disc”.
They went to the his bed room and found the bundles of Dollars rapped with a pillow case.
Afterwards, the prosecution wanted to tender the certificate of identification and the DVD disc of the recording, but its acceptability was objected to by, Akin Olujimi Badeh’s counsel,
He renders Section 379 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, to support his rejection of the submission. Olujimi added that the document is strange to him because he is seeing it for the first time in.
“There is no doubt that the prosecutor did not include these two documents in the information he filed before this court. That means we have been deprived of the rights of an accused person by the law. These two documents ought to have accompanied the information which the court has”
Jacobs in his response said he has no intention to deprive them of access and studying of the document, he only brought it to court for recognition.
Nevertheless, he offered to make available for the defense counsel with copies of the documents.
The defense applied for an adjournment, which is March 1, 2018 be vacated to enable the defence study the documents and prepare their defence.
Justice Abang, the presiding adjourned to March 14, 2018 for continuation of trial.