Two pro-human right groups, Citizens Watch Nigeria, CWN, and Transparency Movement, TM, have emphatically condemned the continuous incarceration and persecution of the former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, who is still languishing in Kuje Prison after failing to meet stringent bail conditions.
The groups, in a press statement issued at the weekend and signed by Omoba Kenneth Agbegbele, Faruok Umar, and Comrade Innocent Okadigbo, described the Air Chief Marshal’s bail conditions as “outrageous and callous.
The groups said having critically examined alleged gross abuses and violations of the rights of crimes suspects and the political undertone in the current anti-graft war, condemned the prolonged stay of Badeh behind bars.
“The N2billion condition placed on each of the two sureties to sign Badeh’s bail documents is outrageously high, prohibitive, scaring, shocking and impossible to meet because it is difficult if not impossible to find Nigerians with such money in our current woeful economy. It is perceived in many quarters that no Nigerian can come forward and sign such bail condition because it is a trap to arrest and persecute law abiding citizens on the source of the N2billion placed as bail condition.
The two human right bodies berated the bail conditions for Badeh’s release as callous, inhuman, outrageous and impossible to meet which suggest conspiracy by the authorities not to set Badeh free. “The so called bail granted to Badeh is pretentious and deceptive because you cannot grant an accused person bail and at the same time make the bail ineffective. The authorities do not want the opprobrium that greeted Sambo Dasuki’s illegal detention to be replicated in Badeh’s case which is why they are applying hide and seek game on Badeh’s matter.
“CWN and TM call on the relevant judicial authorities to vary the bail conditions imposed for Badeh’s release to be more humane, attainable, realisable and possible so that Badeh can go home from prison incarceration because the alleged offences are bail able and an accused person deserves some measures of respect and human dignity in line with the provisions of our constitution, African Charter and UN charter on Human rights.”

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