Court remands Badeh in Kuje prisons

Chukwumerije Aja, Abuja

A federal high court sitting in Abuja has remanded a former chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh in prison custody till The 10th of March, when his application for bail would be determined.

Badeh, who was arraigned by The EFCC on Monday on a 10 count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust and corruption, pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

The trial judge has adjourned the matter to the 14th of March 2016 for trial.

It would be recalled that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had filed a 10-count charge at the Federal high Court Abuja, against former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh and Iyalikam Nig Ltd, a company believed to be owned by him.

The charge, bordering on criminal breach of trust and corruption, dated February 26, 2016 and endorsed by Aliyu Yusuf, Deputy Director, Legal, EFCC specifically accused the former Defence Chief of unlawfully using funds meant for the Nigerian Air Force to purchase landed properties in choice areas in Abuja, between January and December 2013, while serving as Chief of Air Staff.

The EFCC alleged that Badeh, and Iyalikam Nig Ltd, had between January and December 2013 used Dollar equivalent of the sum of N1,100,000,000 (One billion, one hundred million Naira), removed from the accounts of the Nigerian Air Force to purchase for themselves a mansion at Maitama, Abuja.

According to the anti graft agency, the accused person “reasonably ought to have known that the said funds formed part of the proceeds of unlawful activity, criminal breach of trust and corruption. 

The offence, the EFCC said is contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.
Badeh and his company were also accused of removing from the accounts of the NAF, and used the Dollar equivalent of N650million to purchase a commercial plot at plot 1386, Oda crescent Cadastral zone Wuse ll Abuja.

The offence, the EFCC said is contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.

The defendants were said to have between March 28 and December 2013, in Abuja used an aggregate sum of N878,362,732.94 removed from NAF accounts and paid into account of Rytebuilders Technologies Ltd with Zenith bank plc for construction of a shopping mall in plot 1386, Cadastral zone.

It was equally alleged that the defendants removed the sum of N304m from the accounts of the NAF and paid it to Rytebuilders for the completion of the shopping mall.

More so, the EFCC stated that the accused did use N260m Dollar equivalent removed from the NAF accounts and paid to one Oluwatoyin Oke through Platinum Universal Project and Construction to purchase for his son, Alex Badeh (jnr), a duplex at No 19 Kumasi crescent Wuse Abuja.

Count six among others stated that Badeh used N60m Dollar equivalent removed from the NAF accounts to renovate his son’s house, while count seven alleged that the retired Air Force Chief used N90m Dollar equivalent removed from the NAF accounts to furnish his son’s house at Kumasi crescent.

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