Corruption Fight: EFCC Donates Badeh’s Property To NEDC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has donated a property forfeited by the late chief of defence staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, to the North East Development Commission (NEDC).

The building is to now serve as the headquarters of NEDC.

The property which is located on Number 6, Ogun River Street, Maitama, Abuja was handed over on Thursday to the commission by the EFCC Director of Operations, Mr Mohammed Umar.

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Managing Director of NEDC, Mohammed Alkali during the handing over ceremony said the NEDC would make good use of the property.

He added that the property would contribute to the effectiveness of the commission.

This property is the second building belonging to the former Air Chief that is being handed over to a government agency.

The first building which is located at plot 1386 Uda Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja, was handed over to the management of Voice of Nigeria (VON) to serve as its headquarters.

N3.9bn Fraud: Court Convicts Badeh’s Company, Orders Forfeiture Of Property To FG

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Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja, has convicted a company, Iyalikam Nigeria limited, connected to the late Chief of Defense Staff Alex Badeh of corruption and money laundering charges.

Justice Abang in a Judgment delivered in the suit filed against late Badeh and his company, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) upon conviction, ordered that all properties of the company listed in the charge should be forfeited to the Federal government through the EFCC.

Late Badeh and his company were standing trial on a 14 count charge of criminal breach of trust, money laundering amongst others.

Justice Abang also has terminated the charges filed against the late Air Chief, just as he ordered the winding down of Iyalikam Nigeria limited on the request of his counsel.

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The Court’s decision was however predicated on a plea bargain reached by both the defence and prosecution counsel.

The court found Iyalikam Nigeria Limited which is standing trial with late Air Chief Marshal Badeh, guilty of the charges and ordered that all properties in line with the 10-count amended charge be forfeited to the Federal Givernment through the EFCC.

The prosecuting counsel, Oluwaleke Atolagbe at the resumption of the trial informed the court of the agreement by the parties even though the business of the day was for the second defendant to open its defence since the first defendant (Badeh) is now deceased.

Mr. Atolagbe, however, informed the court that in view of an agreement reached between the prosecution and the defense, a further amended charge of 10 counts had been filed as well as a plea bargain agreement.

“Having regards to the plea bargain agreement duly executed by the parties, Iyalikam Nigeria Limited is hereby wound up and the judgment shall be served on the Corporate Affairs Commission for execution”, justice Abang held.

Justice Abang also ordered that all the belonging to the company be forfeited to the Federal Government;

They include “A mansion situated at No.6 Ogun River Str., off Danube Str., Maitama Abuja.

“A shopping mall situated at Plot 1386, Oda Crescent, Cadastral Zone, Wuse II Abuja.

“A duplex located at No.19, Kumasi Crescent, Wuse II Abuja.

“A duplex at No. 14 Adzope Crescent, off Kumasi Cresent, Wuse II, Abuja.

“Semi-detached duplex at No. 8A Embu Str. by Sigma Apartments Wuse II, Abuja.

“The sum of $1 million recovered from No.6 Ogun River Str., off Danube Str., Maitama, Abuja.”

Air chief Marshal Badeh was killed while returning from his farm in Nassarwa state a few days to opening his defense in his trial.

DHQ Announces Date For Alex Badeh’s Burial

DHQ Announces Date For Alex Badeh’s Burial
A file photo of Air Chief Marshal, Alex Badeh

 

The Defence Headquarters has announced the date for the burial of former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (rtd).

Acting Director of Defence Information, Brigadier General John Agim, made the announcement in a statement on Friday.

According to him, activities lined-up for the interment of the former defence chief will begin on Sunday with the Service of Songs scheduled to hold at the Nigerian Air Force Base Protestant Church in Abuja.

Brigadier General Agim also disclosed that this would be followed by a church service expected to hold at the same venue on Wednesday next week.

The former defence chief would be laid to rest later in the afternoon at the National Military Cemetery in the nation’s capital.


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Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh was killed by gunmen who attacked his vehicle while he was returning from his farm along Abuja-Keffi Road in December 2018.

He became the 18th Chief of Air Staff in October 2012 and was appointed Chief of Defence Staff in January 2014 until his retirement in July 2015.

Alleged N3.9bn Fraud: Court Adjourns Alex Badeh’s Case

Court Adjourns Alleged N3.9bn Fraud Case Involving Alex Badeh
File photo: Late Alex Badeh (middle)

 

A Federal High Court in Abuja has adjourned the alleged N3.9 billion fraud case involving the late former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh.

Justice Okon Abang adjourned the case at the resumed sitting on Wednesday, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said in a statement.

The anti-graft agency had closed its case against the late defence chief and a company with whom he was standing trial – Iyalikam Nigeria Limited, on in October 2018 after calling 21 witnesses.

Badeh’s counsel, Akin Olujimi, at the resumed sitting informed the court of the death of his client which he described as a “shock”.

READ ALSO: Ex-Defence Chief, Alex Badeh, Killed

He said that the unfortunate incident deprived the former defence chief the opportunity to “let the world know that he did not commit the offence” with which he was charged.

“When a defendant to a crime has passed on, the litigation against him must terminate,” said the lawyer who stressed that his late client would have been able to disprove the allegations against him.

He went on to apply for an adjournment pending the burial of Badeh and informed the court that the prosecution and defence teams were making arrangements to meet, regarding how to proceed with the matter.

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria and counsel for the company, S. Ologunorisa, supported Olujimi’s submission and urged that the matter be adjourned till a later date to honour Badeh.

He also asked the court to “vacate the other dates earlier scheduled for hearing”.

The prosecuting counsel, O. Atolagbe, who condoled with his colleagues said although the demise of the first defendant was public knowledge, it was essential for the defence to furnish the court with a death certificate.

He, however, asked the court to discountenance the submission of Olujimi in respect of the first defendant’s ability to disprove the allegations against him, stating that the submission was “unnecessary” given the circumstances.

While he did not raise any objection to the application for adjournment, Atolagbe confirmed that moves had been made towards setting up a meeting between both parties to decide in which direction the case would go.

He said it was impractical to hinge the next adjournment on Badeh’s burial, noting that Olujimi had not indicated when the burial was likely to take place.

The prosecuting counsel then urged the court to adjourn till “a more practical date”.

In his response, Olujimi argued against the need for a death certificate, citing the case of Osafile v. Odi (1990) 2 NLWR (Pt.137).

“In such a matter of public knowledge which the court itself as a member of a community is aware of, there is no need for any evidence. The court will simply take judicial notice of the matter,” he stated.

After listening to the arguments, Justice Abang held that it was unnecessary for the counsel to the first defendant to tender a death certificate.

He explained that this was because the death of the first defendant was public knowledge and the court was aware.

“He (Badeh) was humble and peaceful. He would always stand, waiting in the dock, until the court would order him to sit. He attended proceedings at all times and always present in time,” the judge said.

“He never asked for frivolous applications or wasted the court’s time, complying at all times with the court’s rules. May his soul rest in peace”.

Justice Abang thereafter adjourned till February 26, to enable parties know how to proceed with regards to the defence of Iyalikam Nigeria Limited.

Police Arrest Two Principal Suspects Linked To Badeh’s Killing

BREAKING: Police Arrest Two Principal Suspects Linked To Badeh’s Killing
A file photo of Air Chief Marshal, Alex Badeh.

 

Two principal suspects linked to the killing of a former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, have been arrested.

A police source disclosed this to Channels Television on Wednesday.

According to the source, the investigations carried out so far on the matter reveal that the two suspects were directly involved in the attack that led to the death of the former Defence Chief.

The source added that three suspects had earlier been apprehended and were instrumental to the arrest of the two principal suspects.


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The arrest came one week after the former Defence Chief was killed by gunmen who attacked him while he was returning from his farm along Abuja-Keffi Road.

His death had triggered reactions from the Federal Government and its critics who called for a thorough investigation into the circumstances that led to the killing.

Consequently, some reports alleged that the deceased Air Chief Marshal was not provided with adequate security, a situation they said led to his death.

They also claimed that Badeh’s driver who was shot during the incident had died.

The Nigerian Air Force, however, condemned the reports in a statement in which it said the driver was alive.

It also faulted the claims that the former Defence Chief was not provided with adequate security, stressing that the reports were far from the truth.

“Air Chief Marshal Badeh has always been provided with the full complement of personal staff and security personnel commensurate with his status as a former Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), CDS and a 4-star general in the Armed Forces of Nigeria,” the NAF stated.

Badeh served as the 18th Chief of Air Staff until his appointment as Chief of Defence Staff by former President Goodluck Jonathan in January 2014 and retired a year after.

Read the full statement from the police confirming the arrest on Thursday (December 27).

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UPDATE ON SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN THE KILLING OF FORMER, CHIEF OF DEFENCE STAFF, AIR CHIEF MARSHAL ALEX BADEH
AND PARADE OF VICIOUS AND NOTORIOUS ARMED ROBBERY, CAR SNATCHING AND BURGLARY SYNDICATES THAT SPECIALIZE IN CAR SNATCHING AT GUN POINT AND STEALING OF VEHICLES WHERE PARKED IN ABUJA, KADUNA, KANO AND EDO STATES BY THE FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, Ag. DCP JIMOH MOSHOOD AT THE FORCE HEADQUARTERS, ABUJA. 27th DECEMBER, 2018.

 

SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN THE KILLING OF FORMER, CHIEF OF DEFENCE STAFF, AIR CHIEF MARSHAL ALEX BADEH

On the directive of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM, mni, the Joint Police Investigation Team (IGP INTELLIGENCE RESPONSE TEAM and the SPECIAL TACTICAL SQUAD) setup by the IGP and mandated to within the shortest possible time to arrest all those responsible for the killing of the former, Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh on the 18th December, 2018 in Nasarawa State arrested Two (2) principal suspects who participated in the killing of the former, Chief of Defence Staff on 18th December, 2018, and three (3) other suspects in connection with the heinous crime. They are now in Police custody undergoing investigation.

ii.    The investigation into the killing of the former, Chief of Defence Staff is being intensified to arrest other suspects still at large.

iii.   The parade of the two (2) principal suspects and the three (3) other gang members now in Police custody will not come up today so as not to jeopardize the on-going investigation.

iv.   All the suspects will be paraded before the media and the public on completion of investigation into the matter.

v.    The Nigeria Police Force will not relent nor leave any stone unturned in getting to the root of the killing and bring all perpetrators to justice.

Nigeria Air Force Confirms Release Of Kidnapped Aide To Ex-CDS, Alex Badeh

Badeh Was Provided With ‘Full Security Personnel’, Says Air Force
A file photo of Air Chief Marshal, Alex Badeh

The Nigerian Airforce has confirmed the release of an aide to the former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh who was gunned down by unknown gunmen.

Badeh died from gunshot wounds sustained when his vehicle was attacked while he was returning from his farm along Abuja-Keffi Road.

NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola said the aide was kidnapped by the gunmen during the attack.

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According to him, the released aide is assisting the Force with an ongoing investigation into the incident with a view to bringing the perpetrator to book.

The Airforce spokesman promised that a full report of the incident will be released in due course.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered security agencies to find the killers of a former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (rtd) describing his death as “very sad and unfortunate.”

In a statement signed on Wednesday by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, President Buhari also commiserated with the family of the late four-star general, his friends and professional colleagues in the military, and the people and government of Adamawa State.

Similarly, the National Assembly has called for an investigation into the killing of former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh.

Two separate motions were moved in the Senate and the House of Representatives on Thursday condemning the murder.

The lawmakers called on the Federal Government to immediately commence an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Badeh Was Provided With ‘Full Security Personnel’, Says Air Force

Badeh Was Provided With ‘Full Security Personnel’, Says Air Force
A file photo of Air Chief Marshal, Alex Badeh

 

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has faulted the reports on the circumstances that led to the death of former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh.

In a statement on Friday, it also condemned the insinuations that the former defence chief was not provided with adequate security personnel.

NAF decried the rumours that Badeh’s driver, whom it said was also shot during the incident, has lost his life.

Contrary to the claims, it affirmed that Badeh was provided with the full complement of personal staff and security personnel equivalent to his status as former defence chief and a four-star general in the military.

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The Air Force added that his driver was alive and receiving treatment at one of its hospitals.

It, however, warned Nigerians against circulating rumours capable of interfering with the ongoing investigation into the death of the former defence chief.

Badeh was killed on Tuesday by gunmen who attacked him while he was returning from his farm along Abuja-Keffi Road.

He served as the 18th Chief of Air Staff until his appointment as Chief of Defence Staff by former President Goodluck Jonathan in January 2014 and retired a year after.

Read the statement from the Air Force below;

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has noted, with dismay, some erroneous reports and comments in the media regarding the unfortunate incident that led to the death of former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, on 18 December 2018. Some of these reports erroneously state that the driver of the late former CDS, who was also shot during the incident, is dead. Other reports allege that adequate security was not provided for the deceased Air Chief Marshal.

The NAF wishes to state categorically that nothing could be further from the truth.  Firstly, all are please requested to note that the driver is alive and recuperating extremely well at one of our NAF Hospitals. Secondly, Air Chief Marshal Badeh has always been provided with the full complement of personal staff and security personnel commensurate with his status as a former Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), CDS and a 4-star general in the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

As mentioned by the CAS, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on 19 December 2018, the NAF is working closely with other relevant security agencies to determine the circumstances surrounding the death of the former CDS with a view to ensuring that the perpetrators of the heinous act are brought to justice. Substantial progress has already been made in the ongoing investigation and details would be communicated at the appropriate time.

While appreciating the overwhelming show of support received from well-meaning Nigerians during this trying time, the NAF wishes to request that the spreading of misinformation about the incident should stop forthwith as this could have adverse effects on the conduct of ongoing operations.

NASS Calls For Probe Of Alex Badeh’s Murder

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The National Assembly has called for an investigation into the killing of former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh.

Two separate motions were moved in the Senate and the House of Representatives on Thursday condemning the murder.

The lawmakers called on the Federal Government to immediately commence an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Read Also: Buhari Orders Security Agencies To Find Killers Of Alex Badeh

While describing the death as “very sad and unfortunate”, President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier ordered security agencies to find the killers of the former CDS.

Badeh was shot dead by gunmen while he was returning from his farm along Abuja-Keffi Road.

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The Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Tuesday night.

According to him, the former Defence Chief died from gunshot wounds sustained when his vehicle was attacked.

Buhari Orders Security Agencies To Find Killers Of Alex Badeh

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered security agencies to find the killers of a former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (rtd) describing his death as “very sad and unfortunate.”

In a statement signed on Wednesday by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, President Buhari also commiserated with the family of the late four-star general, his friends and professional colleagues in the military, and the people and government of Adamawa State.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has described the killing of former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (rtd) as “very sad and unfortunate.
“The President commiserates with the family of the late four-star general, his friends and professional colleagues in the military, and the people and government of Adamawa State.

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“He directs security agencies to find the killers of the 15th Chief of Defence Staff and bring them to face the full force of the law, while ensuring greater security and safety for all users of the country’s roads,” the statement read in part.

He added that Badeh, who was also a former Chief of Air Staff, attained professional fulfillment in his over three decades military career.

President Buhari regrets that Badeh fell victim to an incidence of violent and fatal attacks on the nation’s highways and prayed that God Almighty comforts all those who mourn Air Chief Marshal Badeh and grant his soul peaceful rest.

Atiku Blames Badeh’s Death On Rising Insecurity

 

The Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has blamed the sudden death of former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal, Alex Badeh on the rising insecurity in the country.

Atiku said the best tribute that President Muhammadu Buhari can pay to the late security chief is to ensure free and fair polls next year.

In a statement issued on Wednesday by his Special Assistant on Public Communication, Phrank Shaibu, Atiku said, if the gunmen did not waylay the vehicle in which Alex Badeh was travelling, he would not have sustained the gunshots and the health complications that terminated his life.

Atiku said while Badeh’s death made headline news because of the personality involved, many ordinary Nigerians are either killed or maimed on a daily basis by rampaging armed robbers, kidnappers, herdsmen, and hoodlums across the country.

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He said it is time to fashion out a clear-cut strategy to enhance the security of Nigerians.

“We cannot continue to pretend that all is well with the security system in our country, where armed robbers seem to be having a field day. It is, therefore, time to look at credible options, especially electing a more prepared candidate who will ensure that policemen and women are well equipped and motivated.

“Fortunately, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had shown what can be achieved when the police are provided with adequate resources and are well motivated. It is no longer news that during the 16 years when the PDP was in power, the nation boasted of the better motivated, best equipped and best-mobilised policemen in the country,” the statement said.

The former Vice President said he was shocked and saddened by the circumstances of the death of Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, whom he described as a fine officer, among the best of his time, one who never lost touch with officers and men despite holding several top positions in the nation’s military establishment.

Atiku prayed that God will grant repose to Badeh’s soul and comfort those he left behind.

Ex-Defence Chief, Alex Badeh, Killed

BREAKING: Ex-Defence Chief, Alex Badeh, Is Dead
A file photo of former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh

 

Former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, has been shot dead by gunmen.

The Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, confirmed this to Channels Television on Tuesday night.

According to him, the former Defence Chief died from gunshot wounds sustained when his vehicle was attacked while he was returning from his farm along Abuja-Keffi Road.

The Air Force spokesperson also confirmed the incident in a series of tweets.

He said, “It is with a heavy heart that I regretfully announce the unfortunate demise of former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, who died today, 18 Dec 18, from gunshot wounds sustained when his vehicle was attacked while returning from his farm along Abuja-Keffi Road.”

“On behalf officers, airmen and airwomen of the Nigerian Air Force, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar, commiserates with the family of the late former Chief of Defence Staff over this irreparable loss. We pray that the Almighty God grants his soul eternal rest.”

Badeh was born on January 10, 1957, in Vimtim, a small town in Mubi Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

He had his early education at Vimtim Primary School and Villanova Secondary School.

Thereafter, he gained admission into the Nigerian Defence Academy in 1977 as a member of the 21 Regular Course.

He commenced his flying career at the 301 Flying Training School on the Bulldog Primary Trainer aircraft in 1979.

Between 1981 and 1982 he attended the Undergraduate Pilot Training at Vance Air Force Base of the United States Air Force.

During the Olusegun Obasanjo’s presidency, Badeh was Commander of the Presidential Fleet which flew around the world frequently.

By 2002, he had logged over 6000 flying hours shuttling VIPs, dignitaries, top government officials and Heads of State.

He rose through the ranks to become Air Vice Marshal in 2008.

Thereafter, he became the 18th Chief of Air Staff in October 2012 and was appointed Chief of Defence Staff in January 2014, up until July 13, 2015, when he retired.

In 2016, the deceased was accused of financial misappropriation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) during his tenure as service chief.

He, however, denied the allegations.

Court Admits More Evidence Against Ex-Chief Of Air Staff, Alex Badeh

 

A Federal High Court, sitting in Maitama, Abuja, on Thursday admitted more evidence against a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (rtd).

Badeh who appeared before Justice Okon Abang is standing trial along with Iyalikam Nigeria Limited on 10 counts bordering on abuse of office.

Other charges include: criminal breach of trust and money laundering to the tune of N3.97billion brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Testifying as the twentieth prosecution witness, Peter Oleji, a Compliance Officer with Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, while being led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), told the court all he knew about the case in relation with GTB and EFCC.

He said, “We got a letter from the EFCC, requesting that we provide them with the Mandate Card and Statements of Accounts (two accounts) of Alex Badeh. We responded and forwarded them with documents required and also with a Certificate of Identification of the Statements of Accounts, confirming that they were printed from a system that was in a perfect working condition”, Oleji said.

The letter of response from GTB dated March 26, 2018, addressed to EFCC, was shown to the witness and he identified it. It was tendered and admitted in evidence as exhibit T221-T2241.

Another letter of response from GTB dated March 6, 2018, addressed EFCC, was equally admitted in evidence as exhibit T231-T2361.

While informing the court that the name on page three of exhibit T223-T2241 was “Group Captain Alex S. Badeh”, the witness said the account, opened on December 20, 2004, was a domiciliary account, explaining that “it is for Badeh’s foreign currency, that is, for Pounds Sterling and Euros”.

Oleji further told the court that page four of the same document was Badeh’s Corporate account and “the signatories to the account are Alex S. Badeh and Mary Iyah Badeh”.

The case was thereafter adjourned until July 2, 2018.