Frozen Accounts: Badeh resorts to Charity for survival; No $1m found at his home- Associates.
There are indications that no One Million American Dollars cash was found at the residence of embattled former Chief of Defence staff, Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh, as was being alleged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
According to associates of the ex CDS, the clarification became necessary as the whole story was part of a grand plot being hatched against the Adamawa born General.
Making the revelation weekend, domestic staff of the former CDS insisted that, no money was ever picked from Alex Badeh’s house at any point in time by the EFCC.
They said they were aware that there have been attempts to plant some objects, including money around him by unknown persons, ostensibly to implicate him.
Marshal Alex Badeh has himself repeatedly denied the report linking him with a so called $1m cash allegedly found in his residence, stressing that he did not have any such money and could not have kept what he did not have for the EFCC to pick.
Chief Alex Badeh was reported as having disowned the alleged $1m, challenging the EFCC to provide proofs linking him with the mone. His associates revealed that Badeh has further alleged that he was being framed up in a seeming vendetta war against him be unnamed forces.
His associates further claimed that when nothing incriminating was found around Alex Badeh’s tenure as Chief of Defence Staff, the anti graft agency had to go back to his tenure as Chief of Air Staff, using one of his former aides to bring up issues, in order to save itself from embarrassment in the face of the media trials to which they have already subjected him.
According to his staff, Badeh could not have kept such a colossal amount of money in cash in his residence, when he had all the opportunity to move it somewhere else; if it ever existed.
Moreover, his aides said they believe Badeh did not have $1m to keep for anybody to find, having been surviving on charity, following the blockage of all his access to funds, since his accounts were frozen.
Associates of the former CDS further alleged that following futile attempts to crack Badeh into owning up to some allegations, the One Million American Dollars story was hatched as part of plot to establish facts with which the EFCC can garnish its case, and create an excuse to re-arrest the former CDS for other sundry offences shortly after he meets his bail conditions.
Badeh’s loyalists said having discovered that the allegations for which he was detained for more than one month before being charged to court were flimsy, as they were all based on his tenure as Chief of Air Staff, and not the celebrated arms scandal, allegedly committed when he was Chief of Defence Staff, the EFCC may have hatched the $1m story so as to keep the Badeh matter alive.
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