A former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (rtd), who has been in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission since February 8, 2016, has urged the Federal High Court in Abuja to grant him bail on health grounds.
Badeh is still being held in the custody of the EFCC in Lagos over ongoing investigation into his roles in an alleged fraud in transactions involving the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency.
Justice James Tsoho fixed March 4 for ruling on the bail application after entertaining argument by Badeh’s lawyer and the objection by the EFCC on Monday.
Bade’s lawyer, Mr. Samuel Zibiri (SAN), who filed the bail application dated February 15, said though the EFCC had granted his client bail, the ex-CDS could not meet it because of the “onerous conditions” attached to it.
He said his client was recovering from a recent surgery and also had a history of kidney stone.
He predicated the application on Section 35(4) and Section 36(5) of the 1999 Constitution and sections 158, 162 and 165(1) (2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.
Zibiri urged the court to grant bail to his client on self recognition, or on such favourable and liberal terms as the court might deem fit to make.