Abuja - A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has remanded the former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, who was accused of diverting over N3.9billion from accounts of the Nigerian Air Force, in prison custody.
Badeh pleaded not guilty to an 11-count charge of money laundering at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, at Monday’s proceeding asked the court to remand the former Chief of Defence Staff in prison.
But Air Chief Marshal Badeh’s counsel, however, drew the attention of the court to a motion for bail filed by his client on March 2.
Also read: Badeh faces 10-count charge for diverting N3.97b
The presiding judge, Justice Obong Abang, however, held that the motion was not competent, as the court could only exercises jurisdiction over an accused person when he is arraigned.
Justice Abang thereafter struck out the application for lack of merit, but obliged the request of the accused person’s lawyer to hear the bail application in the shortest possible time.
Meanwhile, the Director of Public Prosecution told the court that he would not be able to commence with the trial.
The trial judge then adjourned till March 19 to hear the bail application.
- News 24