By Sam ADEGBE, Abuja
Former Chief of Defence staff, Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh who last week honoured the invitation by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will again be at the headquarters of the anti-graft agency on Monday.
Badeh was asked to go back and return Monday to enable the commission meet up some logistic requirements.
We reliably gathered however that there are moves to thoroughly embarrass the former CDS when he arrives the EFCC headquarters. Our source revealed that certain things are being lined up against him, outside the speculated charges to confront him with, since there appears no case that can stand in the court against him.
Alex Badeh is expected to make clarifications on alleged improper procurements made under his watch as Chief of Defence staff, but was asked to return on Monday, apparently for no substantial evidence established against him in the award of contracts in the controversial arms deal.
Sources at the Commission that there was need to put up some logistics in place before interacting with the former defence chief; the details of which were not readily available, but it may not be unconnected with the plans to embarrass him.
Our source said the EFCC is in dilemma what to ask Badeh, as “he does not seem to have anything to hide. If you can recall, he was the only former military chief that actually opened up on the purchase of arms. If you remember, when he was pulling out, he said it openly that he was sent by the former president to go and fight insurgents without arms”, the source added.
According to the source, the former air chief has demonstrated readiness to cooperate with the EFCC to get to the root of the problem surrounding purchase of arms in the last administration.
Another source said, “He is a patriotic Nigerian, who has served this country well and even without the necessary ammunition, he did his best in the fight against Boko Haram. He is not running away and has chosen to stay here (Abuja) and work with the EFCC.
“We believe that at the end of the day, nothing incriminating will be found about him and he will be given a clean bill of health by the EFCC.
Badeh had in an interview with Channels TV, last year August said the last time the Nigerian army received new equipment was in 2006 and that the Nigerian military flies the oldest fighter jets in the whole world.