A witness of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Kenneth Uchechuchukwu Osokogu, today told Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, how the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) under Alex Badeh’s watch, made payments to the tune of N157million to companies linked to the former Chief of Defense Staff, CDS, for non-existent contracts.
Testifying as the prosecuting witness 18, Osokogu told the court that the money was paid to Iyalikam Nigeria Limited and Prince and Princess Multi-services Limited.
The first letter was asking for contract documents and all activities regarding the two companies and the defense headquarters. We searched our archives and could not find any document relating to contracts and direct purchase regarding DHQ and the two companies. I was directed to write back to the EFCC that we could not find anything, which I did through a letter dated December 9, 2016.
He further told the court that the EFCC wrote back to DHQ, concerning the same companies, attaching two payment mandates evidencing money paid by the DHQ to the companies.
In January 2017, the EFCC wrote another letter, concerning same companies, and attaching two payment mandates, in which DHQ paid to those two companies in 2014 and 2015. We conducted further search and could not find any contract documents or memos that led to the payments. So we found the same payment mandates which came with the second letter from the EFCC, in our mandate files. I called my predecessor, asked him what led to the transaction, and he said that the payments were meant to furnish the Defense House in Lagos and Chief of Defense Staff guest house in Abuja.
I informed my director and I was instructed to write back to the EFCC, informing the anti-graft agency that the contract documents, relating to the two companies, were not in our files.
Osokogu was also asked to look at Exhibit T108 and disclose the payments made therein to which he said,
N30,636,000 was paid to Iyalikam, while Prince and Princess Multi-services Limited got N36million on June 13, 2014. He further told the court that, the purpose of the payments mentioned in T108 and T109 reads “operations.