By Dipo Awojobi – Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday dismissed an application for bail filed by a former Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh.
Justice James Tsoho, in a ruling on Friday morning, 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 told that court 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).
The EFCC 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.
It said Badeh’s detention was on the strength of the order of remand by the Lagos Chief Magistrate’s Court.
Badeh, in his application, faulted his detention, arguing that the order for remand was wrongly obtained.
He argued that the administrative bail granted him by the EFCC was too onerous to meet.