The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has detained the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (retd.), in connection with his alleged role in the $2.1bn arms purchase scam.
Badeh, who was clad in a brown kaftan and a black cap, arrived at the EFCC office around 10am on Monday.
The former defence chief had visited the commission on Thursday last week but was asked to report to the agency’s office on Monday.
Badeh, who was accompanied by three unidentified men, was escorted into the Idiagbon House headquarters of the EFCC by armed operatives.
He was subsequently interrogated by detectives for several hours.
As of 10pm, Badeh was still in the custody of the anti-graft agency.
An EFCC operative, said, “Badeh arrived at our office at 10am and as of 10pm, he is still with us.”
It was gathered that the commission had assembled two teams of EFCC operatives, who began the interrogation of the former chief of defence staff at about 10.30am on Monday.
It was learnt that he was asked to account for contracts awarded by the Nigeria Air Force when he was the chief of defence staff.
According to reports, contracts totalling $930,500,690.00 were by the military awarded under the leadership of Badeh.
The money is said to be part of the $2.1bn, which was under the control of the Office of the National Security Adviser, then under the headship of Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd).
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 with provisions of the Public Procurement Act.