EFCC: We’re Investigating Ex- Finance, Petroleum Ministers, Kola Aluko...PLUS...EFCC Detains Ex-CDS, Alex Badeh

Ibrahim Magu
According to a THISDAY report, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Monday disclosed that it was investigating former Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and her Petroleum Resources counterpart, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke. 

The Chairman of EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, told the House of Representatives Committee on EFCC, headed by Hon. Oladele Kayode, that a close associate of Alison-Madueke and Mr. Kola Aluko, was also under the commission’s radar.

Responding to queries by Hon. Razak Atunwa on whether the EFCC was investigating the former ministers, Magu said “YES”.

Meanwhile, former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh, was yesterday detained at the Abuja headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Badeh who served during the President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration is being questioned in connection with the $2.1billion arms procurement scandal at the commission headquarters in Abuja, at the time of filling this report.

Although the EFCC did not officially confirm Badeh’s detention, a source familiar with the interrogation hinted THISDAY that the former CDS would be detained and may not be granted freedom soon.

Badeh is expected to make clarifications on the procurement of equipment during his tenure. The source also stated that Badeh is being interrogated by a special team comprising very senior officers in the commission.

“The ex-CDS is still with us, he is going to pass the night here and he might not be released soon, the interrogation is ongoing,” the source told THISDAY.


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