Dasukigate: EFCC detains Badeh, gets order to hold Amosu

Alex Badeh

Alex Badeh

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has detained the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (retd.), in connection with his alleged role in the $2.1bn arms purchase scam.

The former defence chief had visited the commission on Thursday last week but was asked to report to the agency’s office on Monday.

Badeh, who was accompanied by three unidentified men, was escorted into the Idiagbon House headquarters of the EFCC by armed operatives.

He was subsequently interrogated by detectives for several hours.

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As of 10pm, Badeh was still in the custody of the anti-graft agency.

An EFCC operative, who confided in The Punch, said, “Badeh arrived at our office at 10am and as of 10pm, he is still with us.”

Meanwhile, the EFCC has obtained repeated holding charge to keep a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (retd.), and some senior officers of the NAF.

A top operative of the EFCC said on Monday that the legal department of the commission had approached the court to obtain an extension of the holding charge for Amosu and other military officers in its custody.

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It was learnt that the commission took the action to avoid being accused of violating the law that stipulates that suspects should not be detained for more than 48 hours.

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