Former chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh has decried the spread of deliberate falsehood and attendant media trial over his ongoing travails with the Economic and Financial crimes Commission, EFCC.
A member of Chief Badeh’s family, who spoke on conditions of anonymity told newsmen in Abuja that the retired Air Force Fighter Jet pilot does not have $1 million to keep in his house for the EFCC to allegedly pick, as was being mischievously insinuated, describing his travails as a case of persecution.
According to the family member, Nigeria owes Chief Badeh a lot of gratitude for putting in his best as Chief of Air Staff and later Chief of Defence Staff, given the circumstances the military found itself during his tenure, saying he does not deserve the humiliations he is being subjected to.
In the same vein, a serving Air Force Officer who worked under former Chief Of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh has alluded to the innocence of the retired Air Force Pilot, alleging that Badeh is a victim of vendetta by some unnamed forces working in tandem with the Federal Government.
Speaking to select journalists in Abuja on the condition that his identity will remain concealed, being a serving officer, over the allegations leveled against the ex-defence chief by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the one star General said, that the former CDS knew he will face persecution after leaving office.
“The former Chief of Air staff is fighting a futile war trying to prove his innocence, as the Government is determined to rubbish his record as one of Nigeria’s foremost Military Officers, who performed well in the circumstances the military found itself in the war against terror”, he revealed.
He observed that, the EFCC has made futile attempts to link Alex Badeh with the Arms scandal, or with some property in Abuja, some of which have been reportedly seized, even before the pronouncement from a competent court of law, which according to him, exposes EFCC’s desperation to nail Badeh at all cost.
According to him, a former minister had threatened the embattled former CDS, shortly before his retirement that, he was going to ensure that President Buhari goes after him when he leaves office, and that he must be found guilty for whatever offence should he ever be brought to court.
He maintained that, having failed to find anything incriminating against him during his tenure as chief of Defence Staff, the EFCC is desperately looking back into his tenure as Chief of Air Staff, ostensibly to come up with old issues, as was earlier hinted to Badeh by his interrogators at EFCC.
He said those who had the privilege of working with Badeh may be surprised at the charges being preferred against him, as they know those who make the allegations are being economical with the truth.
Badeh had earlier denied charges brought against him for alleged corrupt activities while in office as Chief of air Staff, even as his family had earlier decried the manner his case is being handled differently from all others, confirming their fears that there may be a conspiracy surrounding Alex Badeh’s matter.
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