By Wahab Akanji, Abuja
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) on Monday detained a former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh after about eight-hour grilling.
There were indications on MondayÂ night that some former military chiefs were also being quizzed.
But their names were kept under wraps by the anti-graft agency.
Findings by our correspondent revealed that Badeh’s interrogation began at aboutÂ 9amÂ when he was ushered into a session with one of the probe panels.
As atÂ 6.27pm, there was no sign that Badeh might be let off the hook by the EFCC.
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 in EFCC said: “The ex-CDS reported for interrogation and we have been grilling him in the last eight hours on some of the contracts executed with over $2.1billion.
“So far, he has madeÂ useful statement to our investigators. He also went through normal documentation.
“He is presently having audience with one of the panels we raised to interact with those military chiefs invited.
“As part of the quizzing, we confronted Badeh with some documents including letters to the ex-NSA,Â Col. Sambo Dasuki(rtd) demanding the procurement of some military equipment.
Responding to a question, the source added: “We are not likely to release him on bail now because his interrogation may take a while. You know, he was central to the control of the Armed Forces.
“Before being the CDS, he was also a Chief of Air Staff. Some of these equipment were bought under him.”
The source confirmed that “some former and serving military officers had been quizzed but he was not forthcoming on the list in order not to prejudice investigation.”
Apart from Badeh, others for investigation 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);Â AVM R.A. Ojuawo (Air Officer Tactical Air Command, Makurdi;Â 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
Some of the areas of investigation are as follows:
â€¢Â Â How 10 contracts totalling $930,500,690.00 were awarded
â€¢Â Â Payment ofÂ N4,402,687,569.41 for unexecuted contracts
â€¢Â Â Procurement of two used Mi-24V Helicopters instead of the recommended Mi-35M series at $136,944,000.00.
â€¢Â Â 4 used Alpha-Jets for the NAF at US$7,180,000.00 funded by ONSA
â€¢Â Â Cannibalization of engines from NAF fleet to justify procurement of jets
â€¢Â Â Excessive pricing of 36D6 Low Level Air Defence Radar at $33m instead of $6m per one
â€¢Â Â Delivery of radars withoutÂ vital component of Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) that distinguishes between own and adversary aircraft
â€¢Â Â Strange transfer of $2m to Mono Marine Corporation Nigeria Limited owned by some Air Force officers
â€¢Â Â N15bn lavished on the maintenance of its Alpha-Jets, C-130H aircraft and Mi-24V/35P helicopters.
â€¢Â Â Â N2.5billion contracts awarded to Syrius Technologies( Ukrainian company) not registered in Nigeria
â€¢Â Â Award of 7 contracts worth N599,118,000.00 contracts to Defence Industry Corporation of Nigeria(DICON) but two delivered