The Federal High Court in Abuja has on Monday adjourned the trial of the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, till Wednesday, March 15, amid speculations that he (Badeh) arrived at the court premises clad in the same style of attire he wore on March 7.
The former CDS, it was learnt, looked exactly as he did on his previous appearances in court, fuelling speculations that he was repeating exactly the same dress.
Though, in separate clothing, the attire remained the same style he had appeared in over the past seven days. The only difference was that he looked a little bit rumpled showing that he has started settling to life in Kuje prisons.
The EFCC is prosecuting Badeh and Iyalikam Nigeria Limited on 10 counts of money laundering involving alleged fraudulent diversion of about N3.97bn from the account of the Nigerian Air Force between January and December 2013.
After the defendants were arraigned on March 7, Justice Okon Abang, ordered that Badeh be remanded in Kuje prison pending the hearing and determination of his bail application.
The judge had fixed Monday for commencement of trial, and subsequently on March 10 granted bail to Badeh in the sum of N2bn.
However, Badeh could not immediately meet the bail conditions in order to leave the prison.
In his ruling on Monday, Justice Abang granted the application for adjournment only on the basis of the newly filed additional proof of evidence.
He fixed Wednesday for “commencement of trial without fail”.
It will be recalled, Badeh, while at Kuje prisons, had refused to eat the food given to other inmates, preferring food from home.
It was also gathered that his presence generated excitement and curiosity as the inmates were amazed to see the former military chief in prison custody barely a year after his reputation soared high across the country.