Thursday, 10 March 2016

Court Grants Ex-Defence Chief, Alex Badeh, N2 Billion Bail in Addition to Surrendering His International Passport

A Federal High Court in Abuja has granted Nigeria’s former Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, a N2 billion bail. Judge Okon Abang ruled that Mr. Badeh presents two Abuja-based sureties with N1 billion each, in addition to surrendering his international passport.

Mr. Badeh is facing corruption charges, accused of receiving N3.9 billion as part of $2.1 billion arms money allegedly diverted by former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki. He denies the allegation.

On Thursday, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, said it recovered $1 million from Mr. Badeh’s apartment, a claim the former defence chief strongly denied.

The prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, said the money was found in one of the properties confiscated from Mr. Badeh.

But Mr. Badeh’s lawyer, Samuel Zibiri, said the claim was to seek “media hype”.

Mr. Jacobs said it was likely for Mr. Badeh to jump bail in view of the evidences against him. He also said Mr. Badeh had not met conditions for bail on health grounds.

The judge overruled the argument, and granted bail to Mr. Badeh.


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