In Nigeria – Court has been on the case of a Nigerian former chief of defence who is accused of stealing 20 million dollars and buying a mansion. Retired Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh who was appointed two years ago, has denied all the charges against him which include 10 charges of fraud, criminal breach of trust and money laundering.
According to reports, officials of Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) confiscated some of the properties believed to be bought with the funds including a mansion located in Abuja. Alex Badeh is said to be the latest of several officials accused of stealing billions of dollars from the armed forces.
Also, reports show that the Nigerian former Chief of Defence, Alex Badeh was appointed when the military was experiencing lots of challenges in their fight against Boko Haram.
There had been series of criticisms and allegations about some irregularities under the administration of Former President Good luck Jonathan about how the military was being treated. Front line troops complained the military were not properly mobilized in the fight against Boko haram. There was also an allegation that a whooping sum of 2 billion dollars meant for the procurement of arms to fight Boko Haram had gone missing.
This motivated the new President Muhammadu Buhari’s Agenda to Probe the entire system and bring any one found culpable to book. Former National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki, was also charged in connection with the arms deal case. He was accused of many cases of money laundering; awarding phantom contracts to buy helicopters, fighter jets and ammunition.
Alex Badeh had requested court to grant him bail on health grounds, but the application for bail was dismissed by the Federal High court. Recent reports also reveal that he has been remanded to another prison pending when the bail application will be heard.
In the same vein, twelve other senior Nigerian army officers were handed over to the anti-corruption agency in February for their alleged involvement in the arms scandal.