NIGERIA – Gunmen have killed the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal, Alex Badeh (retd.). It was learnt that Badeh was killed while returning from his farm along Abuja-Keffi Road on Tuesday.
Confirming the incident on Twitter, the Director of Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore, Ibikunle Daramola, said,
“On behalf of officers, airmen and airwomen of the Nigerian Air Force, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal 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.”Nigerian Airforce
The late officer, who was 61, was commissioned into the Nigerian Air Force in 1979.
Air Marshal Badeh was promoted Air Vice Marshal on 3 January 2008. Between 2008 and 2009, he was a Directing Staff at the National Defence College, Abuja, Nigeria and subsequently became the Director, National Military Strategy at the same college.
He was appointed Chief of Air Staff by President Goodluck Jonathan in October 2012 and was appointed Chief of Defence Staff in April 2014.
The deceased was under prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for allegedly diverting billions of naira meant for weapons, an allegation he denied until his death.