A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed an application for bail filed by a former Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh. The former CDS had on Monday requested the court to grant him bail from detention to attend to his deteriorating health.
In his bail application, Mr. Badeh faulted his detention, arguing that the order for remand was wrongly obtained.
Justice James Tsoho, in a ruling on Friday morning dismissed his application and upheld the objection by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to the effect that Badeh’s detention was on a subsisting court order.
The EFCC argued that Badeh was initially arrested in relation to money laundering offence for allegedly diverting about N4billion while serving as the Chief of Air Staff in 2013. The commission stated that it granted Badeh administrative bail, but was on the process of perfecting the bail when it discovered the ex-CDS alleged involvement in another monumental fraud in the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
Arguing further, the commission said it consequently moved Badeh to Lagos for investigation into the NIMASA case, obtained an order of remand till March 23 from a Chief Magistrate’s Court in Lagos, stressing that Badeh’s detention was on the strength of the order of remand by the Lagos Chief Magistrate’s Court.
The judge said he could not give bail because there was a subsisting remand order by a Lagos Magistrate Court, and there was no application to set it aside.
Mr. Badeh was arrested by the EFCC operatives on February 8 over his alleged involvement in the $2.1 billion arms procurement scandal and has since then been in custody of the anti-graft agency, facing a 10-count charge of criminal breach of trust and corruption to the tune N3.9billion of which he denies any wrongdoing.