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Alex Badeh: Judge’s Absence Stalls Planned Arraignment

THE absence of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, yesterday, stalled the planned arraignment of former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Alex Badeh.

The judge was said to be outside Abuja on an official assignment. The arraignment has been rescheduled for March 7.

Badeh was to be arraigned on a 10-count of money laundering, criminal breach of trust and corruption.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) accused him of diverting about N4 billion from the accounts of the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) in buying choice property in Abuja for himself and his son, Alex Badeh Junior.

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Badeh is said to have committed the offences in 2013 while serving as the chief of Air staff. Badeh and a firm, Iyalikam Nigeria Limited, are named as defendants in the suit.

He was also accused of spending about N400 million to buy renovate and equip a duplex at No. 19 Kumasi Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja, allegedly bought for his son.

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