Abuja Federal High Court throws out charges against murdered Alex Badeh

Last Updated on March 4, 2019 by Ope Quadri

  • Alex Badeh was killed on December 18, 2018
  • He was facing EFCC corruption charges for corruption before his assassination

In what some people have described as irrelevant court judgement, an Abuja based Federal High has ruled that it’s terminating the corruption charges against Alex Badeh, former Chief of Defence Staff, who was murdered by yet to be identified gunmen on December 18, 2018.

The former CDS has been standing trial on a 10-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust, abuse of office and money laundering to the tune of N3.9 billion, since 2015.

InfomediaNG recalls that he was alleged to have perpetrated the financial fraud during the administration Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP). 

In a surprise judgement on Monday, Justice Okon Abang, said since Badeh has been “reported dead”, the charges levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have been terminated.

“In view of the fact that the first defendant in the original charge is reported dead, all charges against the first defendant are hereby terminated,” Abang ruled.

However, the judge found Iyalikam Nigeria Limited, a company which is standing trial alongside Badeh, guilty of the charges.

“Having regard to the plea bargain and plea duly taken, I hereby find the defendant Iyalikam Nigeria limited guilty,” the judge held.

“The defendant is hereby wound up and this judgement shall be served on the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) for necessary action.

“All properties in line with the 10-count charge are hereby forfeited to the Federal Republic of Nigeria through the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).”

Sometimes in December 28, 2018, security operatives addressed Nigerians claiming that arrested a suspect in connection with the death of the former military boss. Since then no one has heard anything about other actions being taken to bring his killer to justice.

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