The former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, has been killed by yet to be identified gun men.
Badeh who was also Nigeria’s former Chief of Air Staff (CAS) under ex-President Goodluck Jonathan administration was said to have been killed along Abuja-Keffi Road, Nasarawa State.
His death was announced in a statement on Tuesday by the Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Nigerian Air Force (NAF), Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, saying he was gunned down while returning from his farm in the North Central region of Nigeria.
“It is with a heavy heart that I regretfully announce the unfortunate demise of former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Sabundu Badeh, who died today, 18 Dec 18, from gunshot wounds sustained when his vehicle was attacked while returning from his farm along Abuja-Keffi Road.
“On behalf officers, airmen and airwomen of the Nigerian Air Force, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, commiserates with the family of the late former Chief of Defence Staff over this irreparable loss. We pray that the Almighty God grants his soul eternal rest,” Daramola stated.
He promised to provide details later.
Badeh until his death had an unresolved corruption allegations by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), especially with regards to the alleged embezzlement of funds meant for the execution of counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations against Boko Haram terrorists. In February 2016, he was accused of financial misappropriation by the EFCC during his tenure as service chief but has denied involvement in any misconduct of which he was yet to be convicted until his death.
The late military chief was born in January 10, 1957 and retired four star flag officer of the Nigerian Air force who served as the 18th Chief of Air Staff (October 4, 2012 – January 16, 2014) and the 15th Chief of Defence Staff of the armed forces of Nigeria (January 16, 2014 to July 13, 2015).
In October 2014, while at the helm as the CDS, Badeh’s hometown of Vimtim in Adamawa State, North East Nigeria was briefly occupied by Boko Haram fighters destroying properties and killed several people including his cousin who lived next door to his house.
The terrorist also torched down Badehs house and the hospital he built for the community with media reports he sent a helicopter to evacuate his parents before the attack even though records show that he actually lost his father in the 70’s and his mother in 2013.
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