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Court sends Former Chief of Defence Staff Badeh to Kuje Prison




The immediate former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Alex Badeh has been be remanded in Kuje prison, Abuja by a Federal High Court.

Justice Okon Abang of the court made the order on Monday in a brief ruling he delivered shortly after Badeh was arraigned on a 10-count charge of criminal breach of trust and corruption brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Badeh, dressed in brown kaftan, brown shoes and a blue cap, pleaded not guilty to all counts of the charge marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/46/2016.

He is accused among others, of diverting about N3.97billion from the account of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in 2013 while he served as the Chief of Air Staff.Badeh.

Charged with a company,  Badeh and a firm, Iyalikam Nigeria Limited are alleged to have diverted the diverted funds to acquire choice property in different locations in Abuja.

The ex-CDS was equally accused of expending about N400m for the purchase, renovation and equipping of a  duplex situated at No. 19 Kumasi Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja, which he allegedly bought for his son – Alex Badeh jr.

Athough Badeh’s lawyer, Samuel Zibiri (SAN) objected to the application by prosecution lawyer, Adebisi Abdeniyi that the defendant be remanded in prison, the judge elected to send Badeh to prison.

He is to remain in prison until his bail application is determined.

The judge fixed March 10 for hearing of the bail application.