The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had yesterday, detained former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, after about eight hours of interrogation.
Air Chief Marshal Badeh’s ordeal began by 9am when he was ushered into a session with a panel, As at 6.27pm, there was no sign that he would be allowed to go home.
“The ex-CDS reported for interrogation and we have been grilling him in the last eight hours on some of the contracts executed with over $2.1billion”.
“He is having audience with one of the panels we raised to interact with those military chiefs invited”.
“We confronted Badeh with some documents, including letters to the ex-NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), demanding the procurement of some military equipment.”
“We are not likely to release him on bail now because his interrogation may take a while. You know, he was central to the control of the Armed Forces”.
“Before being the CDS, he was also a Chief of Air Staff. Some of these equipment were bought under him.” Said a source.
Those detained already include ex-National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd); Col. N. Ashinze , who was the Special Military Assistant to the ex-NSA; and a former Chief of Air Staff, A.N. Amosu.
Apart from Air Chief Marshal Badeh, others for investigation are Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal M.D. Umar; the most senior Air Force officer, AVM A. M. Mamu (the Chief of Administration); AVM O.T.Oguntoyinbo (former Director of Production, Defence Headquarters); AVM R.A. Ojuawo (Air Officer, Tactical Air Command, Makurdi; AVM J.B. Adigun (former Chief of Accounts and Budgeting in NAF); and AVM J. A. Kayode-Beckley(Director, Armament Research in Air Force Research and Development Centre); AVM T. Omenyi (MD, NAF Holdings), four top officers at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) – Air Cdre AO Ogunjobi; Air Cdre. GMD Gwani; Air Cdre. S.O. Makinde; and Air Cdre. A.Y. Lassa.