The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has detained the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (retd.), in connection with his alleged role in the $2.1bn arms purchase scam.
The former defence chief had visited the commission on Thursday last week but was asked to report to the agency’s office on Monday. Badeh, who was accompanied by three unidentified men, was escorted into the Idiagbon House headquarters of the EFCC by armed operatives. He was subsequently interrogated by detectives for several hours.
According to Punch, the commission had assembled two teams of EFCC operatives, who began the interrogation of the former chief of defence staff at about 10.30am on Monday where it was gathered that he was asked to account for contracts awarded by the Nigeria Air Force when he was the chief of defence staff.
Reports gathered have it that contracts totalling $930,500,690.00 were awarded by the military under the leadership of Badeh.
The money is said to be part of the $2.1bn, which was under the control of the Office of the National Security Adviser, then under the headship of Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd).
Badeh is also said to be answering questions on the non-specification of procurement costs, absence of contract agreements, award of contracts beyond authorised thresholds, transfer of public funds for unidentified purposes and general non-adherence with provisions of the Public Procurement Act.
Meanwhile, the EFCC has obtained repeated holding charge to keep a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (retd.), and some senior officers of the NAF.
A top operative of the EFCC said on Monday that the legal department of the commission had approached the court to obtain an extension of the holding charge for Amosu and other military officers in its custody.
It was learnt that the commission took the action to avoid being accused of violating the law that stipulates that suspects should not be detained for more than 48 hours.
According to the report, Amosu is being interrogated in connection with 10 contracts awarded by the Nigeria Air Force.
Several officers are said to be in detention alongside Amosu for making statements which linked their activities to Badeh.
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