Alleged N3.9bn fraud: Badeh hid $1m in his bedroom, EFCC tells Court

Adducing reasons why the former military chief should be allowed to remain in detention, the prosecution lawyer, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, told ‎the court that EFCC operatives found cash sum of $1million in Badeh’s bedroom.

Jacobs insisted that the $1million was part of the funds the defendant fraudulently diverted from the coffers of the Nigerian Air Force in 2013.
He said the defendant purchased the building where the money was found with $1.1billion.

‎Jacobs told the trial court that though the detained ex-CDS vehemently denied ownership of the property where the money was found, the operatives that conducted the search however saw his personal belongings, including his photographs in the house.

Meantime, ‎Badeh who is answering a 10-count criminal charge preferred against him by the EFCC, through his lawyer, Mr. Samuel Zibiri, SAN, prayed the court to release him on bail pending the determination of the case against him.

He anchored the bail request on ‎provisions of sections 35 and 36 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, as well as sections 156, 162 and 165 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.‎

While pleading the court to grant him bail on.self recognition or on the most liberal terms, Badeh ,contended that the allegations levelled against him in the charge were all bailable offences.

Badeh who was arraigned and remanded at Kuje prison on Monday by Justice Okon Abang was however not in court when his bail application was heard.

Though no reason was adduced on why the prison authorities failed to produce him in court, Justice Abang relied on the provision of section 266 of the ACJA, 2015, and held that the presence of the defendant could be dispensed with since the proceeding was for determination of an interlocutory application.

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