Alex Badeh Pleads Not Guilty N3BN Fraud Charges

by on March 7, 2016

Nigeria’s former chief of defence staff has pleaded not guilty to charges of fraud, criminal breach of trust and money-laundering involving about 3bn naira (£10.5m).

Air Marshall Alex Badeh appeared at the federal high court in the capital, Abuja, where he denied allegations that he used money allocated for Nigeria’s air force to buy a mansion and a commercial plot of land and to build a shopping mall.

Badeh is the latest in a string of senior figures who served under the former president Goodluck Jonathan to face graft charges in court.

He was appointed chief of air staff in 2013 and promoted to chief of defence staff in 2014. He was sacked along with the heads of the army, navy and air force two months after Jonathan’s successor, Muhammadu Buhari, took office last year.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said Badeh and a company in 2013 used the “dollar equivalent of the sum of 1.1bn naira removed from the accounts of the Nigerian air force to purchase for yourselves a mansion” in Abuja’s upmarket Maitama district.

Among the other nine charges, all of which were denied by Badeh, were allegations that he and the company used the dollar equivalent of 650m naira from air force funds to buy a commercial plot of land, and a further 1.2bn naira “for the construction of a shopping mall”.

Badeh was remanded in custody until his bail application hearing, which will take place on Thursday.

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Former defence and finance ministers as well as the former national security adviser, who all served under Jonathan, have been charged with corruption offences in recent months. Former security adviser Sambo Dasuki denies any wrongdoing.



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