A former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (Rtd) was shot dead on Tuesday, Dec. 19th, in an ambush along Keffi – Bade road in Nasarawa State.
Backstory: The news of his death was confirmed by the Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Airforce, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola.
Daramola said, “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, from gunshot wounds sustained when his vehicle was attacked bywhile returning from his farm along Abuja-Keffi Road.”
According to reports, the former CDS was traveling with a security detail when unknown gunmen opened fire, killing the former CDS while wounding some of his aides.
A 61-year old retired four-star flag officer, Badeh’s last three years has been dogged by allegations of corruption and his years as chief of defence staff under Goodluck Jonathan were marked with heightened insecurity and increased terror by Boko Haram.
Until his death, Badeh was facing trial before Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court in Abuja for alleged fraud relating to the diversion of N3.9 billion meant for the purchase of arms for the Nigerian military. The EFCC accused him of using funds assigned to the Nigerian Airforce to purchase a mansion in Abuja.
“Badeh, while being the CDS, among other things between January and December 2013, allegedly used dollar equivalent of the sum of N1.4billion removed from the accounts of the Nigerian Airforce to purchase a mansion situated at No. 6, Ogun River Street, Off Danube Street, Maitama, Abuja,” the EFCC had said.
Alex Badeh denied any involvement.
Bottom line: The murder feeds into the cycle of insecurity all across the country under the Muhammadu Buhari administration which campaigned on a platform of solving the insecurity challenges.