EFCC Holding on to Former CDS, Badeh

The mmediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, may have been detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Badeh, who appeared before the commission on Monday morning, was still undergoing interrogation late into the night fueling speculations that he may have been detained.

He was summoned to appear before a special team of interrogators raised by the EFCC to look into the report of the Presidential Committee on Arms Purchase between 2007 and 2015.

The panel, which was raised by President Muhammadu Buhari in the twilight of his inauguration, turned in its report early this year, naming many top military officers, including Badeh as those to give explanations on what transpired during their tenure.

Sources wthin the EFCC said: “The ex-CDS reported for interrogation and we have been grilling him in the last eight hours on some of the contracts executed under him.

“He is having audience with one of the panels we raised to interact with those military chiefs invited.

“We confronted Badeh with some documents, including letters to the ex-NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), demanding the procurement of some military equipment.”

According to reports, contracts totalling billions of naira were awarded by the military under the leadership of Badeh.

The money is said to be part of the $2.1bn, which was under the control of the Office of the National Security Adviser, then under the headship of Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd).

Badeh is also said to be answering questions on the non-specification of procurement costs, absence of contract agreements, award of contracts beyond authorised thresholds, transfer of public funds for unidentified purposes and general non-adherence with provisions of the Public Procurement Act.

Author: News Editor

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