Alleged N3.97bn fraud: Alex Badeh to open defence January 16

A former Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, will on January 16, 2019, open his defence in the alleged N3.97 billion fraud charge preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

On October 23rd, 2018, Alex Badeh through his counsel, Akin Olujimi told the federal high court that he had no case to answer.
At the resumed trial on Thursday, Counsel representing the EFCC, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) told the court that “today’s case is for a no-case submission. But, we are yet to receive the defendant’s application on no-case submission”
Olujimi SAN blamed the court registry for his inability to file Badeh’s no-case submission.

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“It is true that when we came here on October 23, your lordship based on our application to make a no case submission granted the defence and the prosecution permission to file and exchange written addresses on the no case submission.
“I must report that we had some difficulties in getting recording of proceedings of the trial from the court registry.
“The last proceeding that we got from the registry in respect to this matter was that of October 27, 2016.
“Altogether, we have called 22 witnesses in this matter that means there is a deficit in the production of proceedings with regard to 15 witnesses,” he said.

According to the learned silk, “the record of proceedings is very vital for our defence in this matter”
In response, Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) said using unavailability of court records for not filing is a “lame” excuse.
He prayed the court to order on the defence to open its case.

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