EFCC May Charge Badeh Today, Ex-CDS Says ‘I’m Clean’
Former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh (Rtd), may be arraigned in court on Monday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, according to feelers from the Commission.
The former CDS was interrogated last week as one of the suspects within the military apparatchik who may have profited unduly from the arms money managed by the office of former NSA Sambo Dasuki, a retired colonel. A competent source at the EFCC said Badeh was composed all through the interrogation during which he claimed innocence in all the sleazy transaction allegations.
He was said to resisted all pressure mounted on him by the operatives to admit ownership of some properties linked to him and probably return some of the perceived ill-gotten monies. All entreaties made to him was rebuffed by the former CDS, a source said.
Badeh was in the thick of most of the transactions but he was alleged to have denied having any personal interest in any of the contracts, nor deriving any personal benefits from any, as he was not offered, neither did he demand for it.
The former CDS who was said to have denied ownership of the properties being linked to him, maintained that, he never deliberately acted with corrupt intent in any particular purchase undertaken by the Air Force nor the Defence Headquarters, as all such activities under him showed that all purchases made did not only follow due processes, but they were duly delivered and acknowledged to have been received.