Alleged Money Laundering: Court Grants Badeh’s Variation Application

Alex BadehJustice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja has granted an application for variation filed by the counsel of the former Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh, having met all the conditions attached.

The judge, in his ruling, granted the application on the ground that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) failed to comply with a court order requesting it to verify the documents of the two sureties provided by the former Chief of Air Staff as part of his bail conditions.

The trial  was stalled on Wednesday because of the absence of the trial judge, Justice Obong Abang. The prosecution witness, who had testified at the last sitting, was expected to be cross examined by counsel to the former Defence Chief.

The trial, however, resumed at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday.

Badeh’s lead counsel asked the court to grant his client bail since he had met all the conditions, except for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, that had not gone to certify the properties of the sureties despite an existing court order to do so.

Justice Okon Abang granted the application, saying that the court will henceforth consider only documents verified by the court registrar as the EFCC cannot be punished for contempt.

The court also adjourned for a record third time, the case involving the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mr Olisa Metuh.

Trial for both cases will now resume on April 8 when the EFCC is expected to call more witnesses in Badeh’s trial, and Justice Okon Abang is expected to rule on an earlier application by Metuh’s lawyer asking the court to disqualify itself.

Badeh Debunks Politicisation Of Renewed Fight Against Boko Haram

Air-Marshal-Alex-Badeh-11The Chief of Defence staff, Air Chief Marshal, Alex Badeh, has lashed out at those insinuating that the current victory recorded by the military in the north east is a political strategy, describing such allegations as uncharitable.

He also disclosed that some of the newly acquired weapons currently deployed to the troubled spot of the country were ordered for long before the insurgents escalated their attacks.

He said this in Lagos, south west Nigeria, while taking delivery of food items and drugs meant for the troops fighting the insurgency.

He further noted that war machines are not picked up on the shelf, adding that “when you place an order, it takes time to produce; takes time to train on them” insisting that “it is not today we started. We started long time ago before the war became very bad, we had placed the orders for these things.

“They have started coming in and that is why we said we needed time to finish these insurgents before elections”, he said.

He assured Nigerians that the arrival of the weapons only coincided with the elections insisting that it is not political.

The military has recaptured more towns hitherto under the control of Boko Haram after launching a high end offensive against the Islamist group.

The military also released a video of air bombardment of the enclaves of the members of the Boko Haram terrorist group in the north-east, as it continues operations to reclaim areas under the control of the terrorists.

The video released showed people running in different directions and the aerial bombardment of a community believed to be the hideout of members of the sect.

President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed optimism that the Nigerian troops will maintain the momentum they have built up in ongoing operations against the Boko Haram and rapidly recover more occupied communities from the terrorist group.

Chief Of Defence Staff Visits Jos, Assures Nigerians On Winning War Against Terrorism

Alex Badeh CDSChief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, has given assurance that the Nigerian military was winning the war against terror.

He said this while urging Nigerians to be patient and cooperate with security agencies by offering useful information.

The Chief of Defence Staff was in Jos, North Central Nigeria in company of security chiefs on a fact finding mission to the scene of last Tuesday’s twin bomb blasts in Jos central market where the State Police Commissioner and the commander of special task force conducted the team round the affected area.

The team thereafter left for the Jos University Teaching Hospital where he met with some of the injured who were receiving treatment for various injuries sustained during the bomb blasts.

Air Chief Marshal Badeh, while assuring Nigerians on the competence of the military, described the attackers as cowards that attack innocent, defenceless and poor citizens in a market place where they were going about their daily jobs in trading and seeking survival.

He attributed the attacks in Abuja, Kano and Jos to the pressure being mounted on the terrorists in the North East, which he described as being too much for the insurgents and this has informed their attacks on soft targets.

 

Nigeria to deploy troops to Guinea Bissau

Nigeria has announced plans to deploy troops to Guinea Bissau by the end of this week to provide security in the country as part of its commitment to the sustenance of peace and stability in West Africa sub-region.

The Minister of Defence, Dr Mohammed Bello Haliru announced the plan at the opening of the 30th ordinary session of the committee of ECOWAS chiefs of defence meeting in Abuja.

He announced that the Nigerian troops will be deployed to Guinea Bissau by weekend while troops to be deployed to Mali are on standby.

The ECOWAS Commissioner for political affairs, peace and stability, Salamatu Suleiman, in her presentation, had reminded member states on the urgent need for the deployment of troops to help the transition in Guinea Bissau and Mali. The two countries recently experienced military coup d’états.

Ms Sulieman, informed the committee that funds have been released for the intervention.

The military chiefs of ECOWAS sub-region have pledged commitment to the sustenance of constitutional and democratic governance in West Africa

According to Dr Haliru, the instability caused by internal conflicts in ECOWAS member states is a severe impediment to achieving the desired political and economic development of the sub-region.

The Minister noted that developments in Guinea Bissau and Mali gives cause for concern, as he urged the military chiefs of various countries in the region not to relent in their efforts to ensure that democratic governance are restored in the two countries.

The recent coup in Mali and Guinea Bissau was the crux of discussions at the meeting of the chiefs of defence staff of ECOWAS countries.

The chairman of the committee of chiefs of defence staff, General Soumaila Bakayoko, who spoke in French restated the sub-region’s zero tolerance for coup d’états in the region,

He said that negotiations are in top gear for the deployment of troops to the two countries to maintain law and order and help smooth transition to constitutional rule. A position supported by the Nigerian chief of defence staff, Air Chief Marshal, Oluseyi Petirin.