By Wahab Akanji, Abuja


Men of the Economic and Financial  Crimes Commission (EFCC) have invited a former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh for interaction over his role in the arms purchase scandal.

EFCC invites ex-CDS Badeh over Armsgate scandal 

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja


Men of the Economic and Financial  Crimes Commission (EFCC) have invited a former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh for interaction over his role in the arms purchase scandal.

Besides equipment and Alpha Jets, Badeh might be quizzed on the spending of N330.75million on uniforms for the Armed Forces.
The former CDS might however be grilled on Wednesday amid fears that he might be detained for some days.
But a source close to Badeh said the ex-CDS is ready for EFCC interrogators because he has nothing to hide.
He will become the fourth to be quizzed out of the 17 former and serving military officers recommended for investigation.
Those detained already include ex-National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki; Col. N. Ashinze , who was the Special Military Assistant to the ex-NSA; and a former Chief of Air Staff, A.N. Amosu.
A top source, who spoke in confidence, said: “We have invited Badeh, we expect him to come and make clarifications on procurement of equipment during his tenure.
“He is at advantage because he was a former Chief of Air Staff before elevation to the CDS. So, he will be of assistance to the probe by this commission.
“The breaches identified by the Audit Committee include non-specification of procurement costs, absence of contract agreements, award of contracts beyond authorised thresholds, transfer of public funds for unidentified purposes and general non-adherence to provisions of the Public Procurement Act.
“Furthermore, the procurement processes were arbitrarily carried out and generally characterized by irregularities and fraud. In many cases, the procured items failed to meet the purposes they were procured for, especially the counter insurgency efforts in the North East.”
Responding to a question, the source added: “Apart from equipment, Badeh may respond to a few issues on the purchase of uniforms for the Armed Forces.
 “The immediate past NSA said on November 26, 2014, Badeh sought for approval of the award of one pair of uniform(in the interim) for the Armed Forces at N165, 375 to El-Jahab Mubarak Nigeria and N330,750,000 for two pairs.
“The coming of Badeh will set the stage for interaction with other military top shots.”
Others  are Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal M.D. Umar; the most senior Air Force officer, AVM A. M. Mamu(the Chief of Administration); AVM O.T.Oguntoyinbo (former Director of Production, Defence Headquarters);  AVM R.A. Ojuawo (Air Officer Tactical Air Command, Makurdi;  AVM J.B. Adigun(former Chief of Accounts and Budgeting in NAF); and AVM JA Kayode-Beckley(Director, Armament Research in Air Force Research and Development Centre); AVM T Omenyi (MD, NAF Holdings)four top officers at the Defence Headquarters(DHQ), Air Cdre AO Ogunjobi; Air Cdre GMD Gwani; Air Cdre SO Makinde; and Air Cdre AY Lassa

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