Alex Badeh’s Family, Lawyers Worried Over His Health
Following continued detention of the former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh by the EFCC, his family and lawyers have expressed fears over his health.
In a letter to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Badeh’s lawyers alleged that the EFCC may be acting out a script by placing obstacles in the former CDS’ path to freedom, even when he has cooperated with the commission since the commencement of his interaction with them over alleged corrupt practices under his watch.
The position of the lawyers seems to confirm earlier reports that the EFCC was out to humiliate the former Air Force Chief and later Chief of Defence Staff for yet unclear reasons.
According to the lawyers, the EFCC is aware of the health challenges being faced by Badeh, and managing such ailments while in detention may tend to further worsen his situation, even as they expressed surprise at the sudden change story by EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu, who had earlier given his words that Chief Badeh will be released immediately.
They faulted the application for the extension of his detention at a Magistrate Court in Lagos, where he was whisked to, immediately the EFCC refused to allow him to be coming from his house to attend sessions with them, giving vent to possible witching and attempts to further embarrass the man.
Sources in the EFCC confirmed that there are further plans to move Alex Badeh from Lagos to Port Harcourt, even as there seems no immediate plans to release him even on health grounds.
Members of his family are also said to be apprehensive, as their bread winner may not have been getting the deserving medical attention, while in detention, calling on the EFCC to consider the man’ s contributions to the country and allow him to return home and face charges against him if any.