Alex Baddeh

A federal high court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, has ordered that former Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, be remanded at the Kuje Maximum Prison.

He is to remain in custody pending the determination of his bail application on March 10, 2016. In his ruling on Monday morning, Justice Okon Abang struck out the bail application filed by Mr. Badeh’s counsel, Samuel Zibiri, on the grounds that it was filed ahead of his client’s (Mr. Badeh’s) arraignment.

Mr. Badeh was arraigned for alleged fraud, relating to the diversion of N3.9 billion meant for the purchase of arms for the Nigerian Army.

Other allegations against Badeh include alleged spending of NAF funds to build a shopping mall worth N878,362,732.94; another N650 million for the purchase of a commercial plot of land and $2 million on a duplex in Abuja.

Mr. Badeh was to be arraigned before Justice Abang on Thursday, March 3, but the case was shifted to March 7 owing to the absence of the judge.

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