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EFCC searches Badeh’s house; moves serving military officers to guest houses

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday searched the house of a former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, who has been in its custody since Monday.

A report by The Nation newspaper quotes a source who said, “After interacting with the ex-CDS for 24 hours, it became important to search his residence for some vital documents. We acted on intelligence report at our disposal. After the search, we made necessary documentation of the items retrieved from the place. Such a search is routine when conducting a sensitive investigation like this.

“Badeh underwent another round of grilling yesterday bordering on the procurement of used aircraft. The ex-CDS may spend longer days in EFCC custody because of the wider scope of the procurement deals in the Armed Forces.

“He is expected to account for purchase of uniforms for the Armed Forces when some officers and men complained of not getting the required pairs. On November 26, 2014, the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh sought for approval of the award of one pair of uniform(in the interim) for the Armed Forces at N165, 375 to El-Jahab Mubarak Nigeria and N330,750,000 for two pairs.’’

Meanwhile, reports indicate that some serving military officers who are being probed have been moved to military guest houses, pending their interrogation.

“In grilling these officers, we are trying to keep to military tradition of according them the respect befitting of officers,” a source said. “You know all suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Some of these officers are currently in some military guest houses.”

Besides Badeh, others being interrogated are a former Chief of Air Staff, A.N. Amosu; ex- Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal M.D. Umar; ex-National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki ; Col. N. Ashinze , who was the Special Military Assistant to the ex-NSA; and the most senior Air Force officer, and AVM A. M. Mamu(the Chief of Administration).

Others are AVM O.T. Oguntoyinbo (former Director of Production, Defence Headquarters); AVM R.A. Ojuawo (Air Officer Tactical Air Command, Makurdi; AVM J.B. Adigun(former Chief of Accounts and Budgeting in NAF); and AVM JA Kayode-Beckley(Director, Armament Research in Air Force Research and Development Centre); AVM T Omenyi (MD, NAF Holdings); four top officers at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), Air Cdre AO Ogunjobi; Air Cdre GMD Gwani; Air Cdre SO Makinde; and Air Cdre AY Lassa.

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