Court Denies Badeh Bail

Former Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh has been refused his application for Bail by a Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday.
Justice James Tsoho upheld the objection by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to the effect that Badeh’s detention was on a subsisting court order.
The EFCC told that court that Badeh was initially arrested in relation to money laundering offence for allegedly diverting about N4billion while serving as the Chief of Air Staff in 2013.
It said Badeh’s detention was on the strength of the order of remand by the Lagos Chief Magistrate’s Court.
The commission stated that it granted Badeh administrative bail, but was on the process of perfecting the bail when it discovered the ex-CDS alleged involvement in another monumental fraud in the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
The EFCC said it consequently moved Badeh to Lagos for investigation into the NIMASA case, obtained an order of remand till March 23 from a Chief Magistrate’s Court in Lagos.
Badeh, in his application, faulted his detention, arguing that the order for remand was wrongly obtained.
He argued that the administrative bail granted him by the EFCC was too onerous to meet.
The EFCC on Monday filed 10 counts of money laundering against Badeh and a firm, Iyalikam Nigeria Limited, accusing them of fraudulently removing N3.97bn from the account of the Nigerian Air Force in 2013.
Badeh was said to have perpetrated the fraud along with Iyalikam Nigeria Limited while he was the Chief of Air Staff.
Meanwhile, the former CDS said in a release Wednesday that he was being subjected to media trial unnecessarily.
Part of the statememt by Badeh reads: “It has been widely reported in the news that I am being investigated over the $2.1 Billion Arms deal but that is not true. I was not part of Dasuki gate.
“The claim that 5 properties were acquired for me from the $2.1billion funds is also false.
I was Chief of Air staff from Oct 2012 to January 2014 and then appointed CDS. During my time serving as the CDS, funds for weapons were directly released to the Chief of Air staff, army staff and naval staff and not to me. I had no control over the funds and yet I am being accused of embezzling weapons funds.
“The office of the CDS had no operational control of the services and had nothing to do with their spending.
“The EFCC’s claim that I received $800,000 from my Director of Finance and accounts is untrue. I did not receive such money from the erstwhile DFA. If he claims to have given me money, where is the proof? Was it paid into my account? Did I sign for it?
In the case of the properties, if they claim the properties are mine and were obtained illegally through proxies then they should go to the court and get an order of forfeiture rather than trying to insist I am the owner of the properties.
“It is unfortunate that the media has unwittingly allowed itself to be used by interested parties to become judge jury and executioner in my case.
“Even when they claimed Billions were found in accounts of wives of some past Air Force officers, none was found with my family yet EFCC keeps generalizing and making it look like my family is involved too.
“It is rather unfortunate that the nation which I fought so hard within my means to defend against Boko Haram insurgents cannot guarantee my fundamental human rights.
During my time as the CDS, lives of both soldiers and civilians were lost. Territories were lost. We fought to regain our nation’s territorial integrity and the insurgents pushed back.
I LOST MY PERSONAL HOUSE AND HOSPITAL IN DEFENCE OF MY FATHERLAND (A hospital which I built many years ago and was equally used in the treatment of injured soldiers). NOW I AM LOSING MY FREEDOM TO THE SAME FATHERLAND THAT I FOUGHT SO HARD TO DEFEND
“During the 2014 Boko Haram attack on my village Vimtim, it was widely reported in the media that I sent a helicopter to evacuate my parents and relatives. Which parents? I am an orphan, I lost my father in the 70’s and my mother in 2013. My cousin, who lived next to me, was killed during the 2014 attack on my village. So who exactly did I evacuate? It is unfortunate that I didn’t come out to clarify some of these issues when they were reported in the media.
“I was detained by The EFCC for 3 weeks and was not charged to court but was given onerous bail conditions by the Commission which I could not meet. A remand warrant was hastily obtained on the 25th February in Lagos as soon as The EFCC was served with a notice for my bail hearing in court by my lawyers. Why detain me for so long and issue such onerous bail conditions when they aren’t ready to charge me to court?
“I reported to the EFCC when I was invited and would report anytime I am needed. All I ask for is to be given a fair hearing with the rule of law strictly adhered to.
“It is a media trial and I am being persecuted”, he added.

Author: News Editor

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