Following his inability to meet up with the bail conditions slammed on him by a Federal High Court, the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, has spent his first weekend with inmates at the Kuje Prison even as his presence has generated excitement and curiosity among the prisoners.
The ex-CDS was remanded in prison custody on March 7 by Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, following his arraignment along with a company, Iyalikam Nigeria Limited, on 10 counts of money laundering.
Justice Abang had on Thursday granted Badeh bail in the sum of ₦2bn, which is to be guaranteed by two sureties in the sum of ₦1bn each.
However, he could not immediately meet the bail conditions in order to leave the prison.
As at Sunday evening, prison sources confirmed that the former CDS was still with them, having failed to perfect the bail conditions outlined by the court.
A senior prison official confirmed also that Badeh had also refused to eat the food given to other inmates, preferring food from home.
The official said that the Nigerian Prisons Service allowed Badeh to eat the food brought by his close family members since it was optional to eat the prisons meal.
“It is the right of every prison inmate to decide whether to bring in their food or eat what is provided by the NPS. In this case, Badeh opted to eat his own food and we have no objection to that. ‘’The only condition is that the person who brings the food for him, must first taste it before giving to him,” the official said.
It was also gathered that the inmates were amazed to see the former military chief in prison custody barely a year after his reputation soared high across the nation.