Gunmen Assassinate Ex-Defence Chief Alex Badeh
By Dipo Olowookere
Nigeria’s former Chief of Defence Staff, Mr Alex Badeh, has been shot dead by some unknown gunmen along the Abuja-Keffi road.
The former top military brass was said to have been assassinated on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 while returning from his farm.
Spokesman of the Nigerian Air Force, Mr Ibikunle Daramola, who announced the demise of Mr Badeh on Tuesday night via his Twitter handle, said the former general died of gunshot wounds he sustained during the attack.
“It is with a heavy heart that I regretfully announce the unfortunate demise of former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex 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,” Mr Daramola said.
He further said, “On behalf 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.”
Mr Badeh was appointed as Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff by former President Goodluck Jonathan in January 2014. However, he was removed from office in July 2015 by the current President, Mr Muhammadu Buhari and replaced by General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin.