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EFCC quizzes Badeh, Akpobolokemi in detention


Former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh was on Monday grilled by the anti-graft agency.

He was quizzed alongside a former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Patrick Ziakede Akpobolokemi.

It was learnt that Air Chief Marshal Badeh was moved from Abuja to Lagos to join Akpobolokemi in responding to questions from the EFCC operatives.

The retired military officer might face another trial in Lagos with the ex-NIMASA chief.

An insider hinted The Nation that “Investigation has so far revealed that NIMASA funds were made available to the Office of the CDS and the Air Force for some aerial surveillance.

“The said funds were disbursed under the pretext of strengthening maritime security in the coastal areas.

“We have interrogated the two former public officers in our detention facility in Lagos. What we have done is to bring the two ex-public officers together for a face-to-face clarification of allegations against them.

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“We do not want distance to serve as a barrier to our ongoing investigation. Certainly, they have confronted each other.

“We are doing our best now to track how the funds were disbursed and the beneficiaries. We will recover every kobo of the billions given to the Armed Forces by NIMASA.”

Akpobolokemi had been under rigorous questioning for allegations of fraud of about N12, 905, 485.000 meant for a maritime university.

Out of the sum, N11,737,854,485.00 was allegedly paid into a company, suspected to be owned by Chief Government Oweize Ekpemopolo (a.k.a Tompolo).

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