The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said it discovered $1m in one of the bedrooms in a mansion owned by former defence chief Alex Badeh, who is being prosecuted for corruption. A report said Badeh’s neighbours at Ogun River Street, Maitama District, in Abuja, were witnesses to the shocking discovery. The former chief of defence staff has been accused of stealing and embezzling funds meant to procure arms for battlefront soldiers in Nigeria’s terror-riddled northeast. He has been charged with diverting N3.97billion belonging to the Nigerian Air Force(NAF) and his trial is to begin Monday. “Apart from NAF funds, investigation confirmed that Badeh diverted funds meant for procurement of arms to Bureau De Change. We have interacted with some Bureau De Change operators,” an EFCC interrogator told TheNation. However, the ex-military chief has denied the accusation, calling his arrest, detention and planned trial a persecution. In his statement, Badeh refuted claims that he owned some highbrow properties attributed to him. “The claim that five properties were acquired for me from the $2.1billion funds is also false. I was Chief of Air staff from Oct. 2012 to January 2014 and then appointed CDS.
“During my time serving as the CDS, funds for weapons were directly released to the Chief of Air staff, army staff and naval staff and not to me. I had no control over the funds and yet I am being accused of embezzling weapons funds.
“The office of the CDS had no operational control of the services and had nothing to do with their spending,” Badeh defended.