badehThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has concluded plans to freeze the accounts of embattled former Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, Adesola Amosun and two other air force officers over the ongoing probe in the purchase of arms procurement.
This is on account of revelations from the interrogation of ex-service chiefs and especially former Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, who was drilled by operatives of EFCC yesterday as well as Tuesday when he was interrogated for about 20 hours over the ongoing probe in the purchase of arms procurement.
Embattled Badeh, who has been in EFCC’s detention for nearly 48 hours, is being questioned on contracts totalling $930.5million, which were awarded under his leadership.
A highly placed source at the commission yesterday told Nigerian Pilot the embattled air chief alongside his three other colleagues will remain in custody until investigations are concluded.
Already, the commission has concluded plans to approach a magistrate court sitting in Wuse, Abuja, to grant the commission an order to keep the air chiefs beyond 48 hours.
Also, the legal department of the EFCC will officially file papers before a Federal High Court, Abuja for the forfeiture of the properties traced to them for the federal government to take charge pending the determination of the investigations on the matter.
The source further added that the Nigerian Financial Intelligent Unit of the EFCC is working in hand with three new generation banks to enable the commission freeze the account of the indicted military officers.
The money is said to be part of the $2.1billion meant for the purchase of arms, which was under the control of the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA then under the leadership of Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).
Embattled Badeh is also said to be answering questions on the non-specification of procurement costs, absence of contract agreements, award of contracts beyond authorised thresholds, transfer of public funds for unidentified purposes and general non-adherence to provisions of the Public Procurement Act.
However, another military source said several of the officers, who were being interrogated by the EFCC, did not have the option of refusing to obey instructions given to them on critical issues because of the tradition of the military.
There were indications that the federal government had deployed security operatives in all the international airports to prevent those under investigation from fleeing the country.
On Tuesday, EFCC operatives arrested a serving senior officer of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice Marshal R. A. Ojuawo, in connection with the $2.1billion arms purchase scandal.
It was learnt that the officer was arrested by operatives of the EFCC at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on his way out of the country.
A top EFCC source, who spoke to Nigerian Pilot said that the embattled Ojuawo was arrested while accompanying the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonishakin to a meeting of the United States Africa Command in Germany on Sunday.
The AVM, who has been detained alongside Badeh, was among some Air Force officers, who were recommended for interrogation by the Presidential Panel on Arms Procurement.
Meanwhile, it was also gathered that the EFCC had interrogated six serving Air Vice-Marshals, including Ojuawo and one A.M. Mamu.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that the six officers were quizzed following statements made by the ex-CDS and the immediate past Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu.


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