society organisation,
Citizens For Rights and Justice
has accused the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, of using “illegal and
unacceptable’ means to extort
information from the former chief
of defence staff, Air Mashal Alex
Badeh, rtd, saying such antics
put doubt to the anti-corruption
war as it amounts to roping in
suspects at all cost.
Spokesman of the group,
Christian Akobundu, who
speaks for the group, in a chat
with journalists at the weekend,
said information at the group’s
disposal suggests that that
operatives of the EFCC were
adopting methods aimed at
skewing up investigations to their
favour and at the detriment of the
retired air marshal.
“Inside sources noted that
during questioning, Badeh is
often questioned by multiple
officers who ask the same
question over and over again and
aren’t satisfied until they get the
answer they want. They often
stay on the same issue for hours
trying to shake the resilience of
the Chief and demanding that he
construct sentences in the manner
they desire.
“It is not uncommon for the
interrogators to say ‘write it
this way…’ with the chief trying
to maintain that his statement
should be in his own words. They
appear to have condemned him
as guilty even though there is no
evidence linking him to the arms
“To make matters worse is the
fact that his lawyers are often told
they must simply observe and
cannot interrupt. If there is ever
an attempt by a lawyer to assert
the rights of their clients at EFCC,
the officers flare up and attack
such a lawyer effectively denying
such individuals their right to
counsel as guaranteed by the
constitution,” Akobundu alleged.
Describing the agency ‘s tactics
as brutish, the group said it is
unfortunate that in attempt to
route the former CDS into alleged
misappropriation, the rights of
suspects was being trampled
upon just to score cheap goals
and give a dog a bad name.
“Our source also confirmed
that the 59 year old former Chief
of Defense staff is not being
questioned by normal officers
but by a designated team known
as special task force 2 who use a
higher level of bullying and have
been assigned the task of forcing
him to accept guilt whether or not
that is the case. The presidency
must ensure that the power being
designated to EFCC is discharged
in a responsible way rather than
allowing interrogators to use such
underhand tactics.
“In support of this is the fact that
Justice Halliru of the Federal High
Court stated on the 1st of March
that EFCC ‘has reduced itself to
the police station or detention
centre of the Nigerian Army’ in
the case of Colonel Adegbe,” the
group said.
They accused the anti-crime
agency of denying the former
CDS of his right to fair hearing
when it denied him access to his
lawyers while not being straight
with Badeh, who it said served
the country meritoriously.
“The EFCC in our believe,
detained Badeh from the 8th
of February 2016 and did not
obtain or show proof of a remand
warrant. They held him illegally
even after their 48 hours to
investigate were over, denying
him the right to go home even
though there was little chance
that he would fail to report back
to them.
“They were well aware of their
lack of regard for our country’s
laws and rushed Badeh to court
on Thursday, 25th Feb to get a
remand warrant to hold Badeh
legally because they had been
served with a bail application
and this would come to light at
the hearing at the Federal High
Court,” it said.
President, Dr.
Abubakar Bukola Saraki has
said that the National Assembly
will prioritize Bills aimed at
protecting and safeguarding
the rights of persons living with
disabilities in the country.
Saraki, according to a
statement by his Chief Press
Secretary, Sanni Onogu, gave
the pledge when the Centre for
Citizens with Disabilities led by
its Executive Director, Mr. David
Anyaele visited him in Abuja.
According to Saraki, it does not
speak well of any country where
people living with disabilities
are neglected or denied access to
basic amenities including access