Former CDS, Badeh Gets N2bn Bail

The former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (retd) has been granted bail to the sum of N2bn by a Federal High Court, Abuja.
Justice Okon Abang, while granting the former CDS bail, dismissed the objection of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) .
Justice Abamg ruled that, “The principle of presumption of innocence operates in favour of the accused peerson”
‎Justice Abang had on March 7 ordered that Badeh be remanded in prison shortly after the EFCC arraigned the former military chief and a company, Iyalikam Nigeria Limited, on 10 counts of money laundering.
The Judge ordered Badeh to deposit both his blue and green passports with the court throughout the period of his trial.
His proposed sureties must also have landed assets in any part of Abuja and that the certificates of occupancy of the respective property must be submitted to the court.
The Judge directed that the Chief Registrar of the court to verify in writing the value of the assets from the relevant department of the Federal Capital Territory Development Administration and the genuineness of their certificates of occupancy.
EFCC was also ordered to verify the value of the landed‎ assets of the sureties and the genuineness of their respective certificates of occupancy within 24 hours of being served with a notice by the Chief Registrar of the court.
The two sureties are also to depose to affidavits of means declaring their capability to pay the bail sum.
They are also to submit ‎two recent passport photographs each with the court.
Earlier, during the hearing of Badeh’s bail application, EFCC had told the court that its operatives found cash sum of $1m in the bedroom of an Abuja mansion of the former Chief of Defence Staff.
The anti-graft agency alleged that the ex-CDS purchased the house in which the money was found with dollar equivalent of N1.1bn said to have been fraudulently removed from the accounts of the Nigerian Air Force in 2013.
It said although, Badeh had denied ownership of the property, his belongings, including photographs were found in it during a search by the operatives of the commission.
This was part of the submission of EFCC’s lawyer, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), while opposing the bail application filed by Badeh,.
The charges against Badeh involve alleged criminal breach of trust and corruption relating to diversion of about N3.97bn which Badeh and the company were said to have fraudulently removed from the accounts of the Nigerian Air Force between January and December 2013.
The trial is to commence on March 14.

Author: News Editor

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