FG orders EFCC to release seized Badeh’s mansions to MDAs

A picture of what will become the fate of property seized by the Federal Govern­ment from Nigerians indicted of corruption has emerged.
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed Minis­tries, Departments and Agen­cies (MDAs) to occupy such properties.
The first among several of such buildings to be taken over by the MDAs on the order of the federal government are the forfeited mansions of former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh.
One of the seized Badeh’s mansions, which President Bu­hari has directed the Econom­ic and Financial Crimes Com­mission (EFCC) to hand over to the MDAs, is located in Wuse 2 in the Federal Capital Territo­ry (FCT).
Under the previous governments, especially former President Olusegun Obasanjo property seized from corrupt public office holders were left to rot away across the country.
The EFCC had seized sever­al mansions allegedly acquired by Badeh with funds released by the Goodluck Jonathan admin­istration to fight the Boko Har­am terrorists and to resolve oth­er security matters.
Our Reporter gath­ered that one of the mansions, a bricks house, located along Oda Street, off Aminu Kano Crescent in the Wuse 2 area of the FCT, has already been allo­cated to one of the agencies un­der the Federal Ministry of In­formation.
Badeh is one of the mili­tary officers that are being in­vestigated and prosecuted by the present administration for corruption.
The former CDS is charged for misappropriating the secu­rity budget meant to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in the North.
Badeh was arrested last year by the EFCC for alleged­ly stealing from the $2.1 billion Arms Funds – making him lia­ble to the forfeiture of some of the choice property reportedly bought from the proceeds of the ill-gotten funds.
Sources within the EFCC confirmed to our Reporter that the commission has already approved the release of the mansion in Wuse 2 to the agency, based on the directive of the Presidency, adding that the EFCC is only finalising the process by applying the forfei­ture clause in the case.
One of the sources, howev­er, stated that the agency ought to have taken over the proper­ty before now, but for the de­lay by the EFCC counsel, who asked for more time, stressing that the said buildings were be­ing presented before the court as exhibits to prosecute Badeh.

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