Court Strikes Out Ex-Defence Chief, Badeh’s Bail Request

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The bail application filed by a former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, was on Friday thrown out by the Federal High Court, Abuja.

Badeh is one of the former military chiefs indicted by the Presidential Audit Committee on Arms Procurement for the military between 2007 and 2015.

In his ruling on the bail application, Justice John Tsoho held that the applicant was currently held by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, based on a remand order from a Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

“This court has not been approached to undertake a judicial review of the remand order and therefore, lacks the power to make a pronouncement on it.

“From the face value of this application, the applicant has simply sought the intervention of the court to admit him on bail.

“In the circumstance, the application remains vague due to the subsisting remand order. It is hereby struck out”, the judge held.

The former defence chief, who had earlier prayed the court to grant him bail on self-recognizance, or on such favourable and liberal terms as the court might deem fit ‎to make, alleged that his ordeal was a persecution
Badeh, who has been in EFCC custody since February 8, is being held on a remand order based on alleged fraudulent transactions with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA.

(NAN)

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