Former Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, has been ordered by a Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, to be remanded at the Kuje Maximum Prison, pending the determination of his bail application on March 10, 2016.
In his ruling on Monday morning, Justice Okon Abang struck out the bail application filed by Mr. Badeh’s counsel, Samuel Zibiri, on the grounds that it was filed ahead of his client’s (Mr. Badeh’s) arraignment.
The presiding judge also ruled that the hearing for the bail of the retired Air Chief Marshal would commence on March 10, adding that it was important for the application to be determined before the commencement of trial.
Mr. Badeh was arraigned for alleged fraud, relating to the diversion of N3.9 billion meant for the purchase of arms for the Nigerian Army.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had filed a 10-count charge bordering on money laundering, criminal breach of trust and corruption.
“Mr. Badeh, while being the CDS, among other things between January and December, 2013, allegedly used dollar equivalent of the sum of N1.4billion (One Billion, One Hundred Million Naira) removed from the accounts of the Nigerian Air Force to purchase a mansion situated at No. 6, Ogun River Street, Off Danube Street, Maitama, Abuja,” the EFCC said in a statement Thursday.
Other allegations against Badeh include alleged spending of NAF funds to build a shopping mall worth N878,362,732.94; another N650 million for the purchase of a commercial plot of land and $2 million on a duplex in Abuja.
Mr. Badeh was to be arraigned before Justice Abang on Thursday, March 3, but the case was shifted to March 7 owing to the absence of the judge.
Justice Abang also insisted that the trial of the substantive case, billed to commence on March 14, would be on a day to day basis.