Reports say that the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (retd.) have been detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, in connection with his alleged role in the $2.1bn arms purchase scam. Badeh, was said to had arrived at the EFCC office around 10 am on Monday, accompanied by three unidentified men, was escorted into the Idiagbon House headquarters of the EFCC by armed operatives.
Former Chief Of Defense Staff Detained By EFCC
He was subsequently interrogated by detectives for several hours and as of 10 pm yesterday night, Badeh was still in the custody of the anti-graft agency.
It was learnt that he was asked to account for contracts awarded by the Nigeria Air Force when he was the chief of defence staff. According to reports, contracts totalling $930,500,690.00 were by the military awarded 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.
Meanwhile, the EFCC has obtained repeated holding charge to keep a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (retd.), and some senior officers of the NAF.
A top operative of the EFCC said on Monday that the legal department of the commission had approached the court to obtain an extension of the holding charge for Amosu and other military officers in its custody.
It was learnt that the commission took the action to avoid being accused of violating the law that stipulates that suspects should not be detained for more than 48 hours.