There was a mild drama on Thursday morning at the Federal High Court in Abuja as armed policemen suddenly stormed the courtroom when the trial of the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh was about to start.
It was gathered that the presence of the armed policemen was demanded following alleged security threats against the presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang.
It was also believed that they stormed the court to provide security backup to forestall any upshot.
A source close to the incident said: “The reason for the presence of heavily armed police men is as a result of security threats against the trial judge.”
The judge, while entertaining to an enquiry by Badeh’s counsel, Akin Olujimi ordered the policemen to stay outside the courtroom saying, “their presence is a court issue.”
Badeh is facing an 11-count charge of criminal breach of trust and corruption to the tune of N3.9bn levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The EFCC had alleged that the former defence chief used funds of the Nigeria Air Force to purchase choice property in Abuja.
During the court’s last sitting, the first prosecuting witness, Salisu Abdullahi a former Director of Finance with the Nigerian Airforce had told the court how he helped Badeh to divert funds meant for the salaries of Air force personnel into the purchase of choice properties in Abuja.