By Henry Ojelu.
LAGOS– A previous Chief of Army Personnel, Lt. Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi (retd), the other day, informed an Ikeja High Court that he might not keep in mind just how much he made throughout the 34 years he invested in the Nigerian Army.
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Bamaiyi stated this while being cross- analyzed by Fred Ajudua, who is likewise the offender in the matter.
Ajudua is standing trial prior to the court for supposedly defrauding Bamaiyi of $8.4 m while they were both prisoners of the Kirikiri jail in Lagos.
Ajudua supposedly tricked Bamaiyi of the stated amount, after he informed him that it represented legal charges for Afe Babalola, SAN, who would assist him pay off the trial judge, Justice Joseph Oyewole.
At the other day’s procedures, Ajudua, took control of the cross assessment of Bamaiyi following the lack of his attorney, Olalekan Ojo, SAN.
Reacting to concern by Ajudua, Bamaiyi informed the court that he might not instantly keep in mind the quantity he made while serving in the Nigerian Army unless he consults his payslips.
Bamaiyi stated: “This was several years back, and I can’t keep in mind till I examine my pay slips.”.
Bamaiyi, nevertheless, informed the court that he makes about N1million as pension however even more included that he can not remember his gratuity.
When Ajudua penetrated Bamaiyi on why he handled an individual service while in the Army, he stated: “We motivate officers to get ready for retirement while in service as long as it does not jeopardize the line of task.
” I still own 450 hectares of farmland where I grow rice, soya beans, maize and even yam. I likewise practice animal husbandry.”.
The previous COAS nevertheless stated he might not put a price on just how much his farm deserves.
” I can’t easily state just how much my farm deserves as it depends upon a great deal of elements,” he stated.
The matter was afterwards adjourned till April 3, 2019 for extension of cross assessment.