- Alex Badeh, the former Chief of Defence Staff has permanently forfeited $1m to the Federal Government permanently
- Mr Badeh who retired as an Air Chief Marshal also forfeited his mansion located at 6 Ogun River Crescent, Maitama, Abuja
Alex Badeh, the former Chief of Defence Staff has permanently forfeited $1m to the Federal Government permanently.
Mr Badeh who retired as an Air Chief Marshal also forfeited his mansion located at 6 Ogun River Crescent, Maitama, Abuja.
Quoting a presidency source, the report said; “In March, the EFCC searched the house in the presence of neighbours and other witnesses and found $1m in cash.
“Other personal items linked to Badeh were found in the mansion and everything was listed as evidence.
“However, when the matter was taken to court, Badeh denied that the property belonged to him. As you know, the mansion has been converted to Federal Government’s use. In fact, the mansion is now being used by the Presidential Committee on the North-East Initiative headed by Gen. Theophilus Danjuma.
“As for the money, it has been deposited into the Consolidated Revenue Account of the Federal Government. Since Badeh has denied ownership of everything, the money has permanently been forfeited to the Federal Government.
“Even if Badeh is found not guilty in court, he cannot turn around to demand the $1m or the property as this will amount to perjury which is a criminal offence and carries a jail term.”
But Badeh’s lawyer, Mr. Samuel Zibri (SAN) insisted that the property did not belong to his client.
“I have checked through my records. The property is not Badeh’s property. I am not aware of any interim order of forfeiture, neither am I aware of it being converted to a Federal Government office,” he said.
Badeh also allegedly bought a commercial plot of land at Plot 1386, Oda Crescent, Cadastral Zone A07, Wuse II, Abuja, for N650m.
He was said to have paid N878m for the construction of a shopping mall at Plot 1386, Oda Crescent, Cadastral Zone A07, Wuse II, Abuja, and another sum of N304m to complete the construction.
Meanwhile, ex-first lady, Patience Jonathan is in another trouble as anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have traced a whopping $175m to an account linked to Mrs Jonathan.