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 Badeh to report at EFCC today



FORMER Chief of Defence Staff, Air Mashal Alex Badeh (rtd) is expected to report to the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) today to answer questions regarding his alleged involvement in the $2 billion and another N29 billion contract and procurement scam that took place at the Nigeria Air Force and the Nigerian Army between 2014 and 2015.

A presidential order of January 15 had referred Badeh for investigation by the EFCC.

He, along with 20 others are meant to answer questions concerning how 10 contracts totaling $930,500,690.00 were awarded, payment of N4,402,687,569.41 for unexecuted contracts, procurement of two used Mi-24V helicopters instead of the recommended Mi-35M series at $136,944,000.00, four used Alpha-Jets for the NAF at US$7,180,000.00 funded by Office of the National Security Adviser, cannibalism of engines from NAF fleet to justify procurement of jets and excessive pricing of 36D6 Low Level Air Defence Radar at $33m instead of $6m each .

Other areas of investigation are: delivery of radars without vital component of Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) that distinguishes between own and adversary aircraft, transfer of $2m to Mono Marine Corporation Nigeria Limited owned by some Air Force officers, N15bn lavished on the maintenance of Alpha-Jets, C-130H aircraft and Mi-24V/35P helicopters; N2.5billion contracts awarded to Syrius Technologies (Ukrainian company) not registered in Nigeria and award of seven contracts at N599,118,000.00 to Defence Industry Corporation of Nigeria(DICON), whereas only two were delivered.

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