President Muhammadu Buhari has described the killing of former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (rtd), as “very sad and unfortunate.”
The president commiserated with the family of the late four-star general, his friends and professional colleagues in the military, and the people and government of Adamawa State.
Noting that the late Badeh, who was also a former Chief of Air Staff, attained professional fulfilment in his over three decades military career, President Buhari regretted that he fell victim to incidence of violent and fatal attacks on the nation’s highways.
He directed security agencies to find the killers of the 15th Chief of Defence Staff and bring them to face the full force of the law, while ensuring greater security and safety for all users of the country’s roads.
The president prayed that God Almighty would comfort all those who mourned Air Chief Marshal Badeh and grant his soul peaceful rest.
Badeh died as a result of the gunshot wounds he sustained in an attack along Abuja-Keffi Road when returning from his farm.
He was 61 years old.
The death of Badeh was announced by the spokesman of the Nigeria Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, on Tuesday.
“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 2018, from gunshot wounds sustained when his vehicle was attacked while returning from his farm along Abuja-Keffi Road.
“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,” Daramola tweeted.
Born on January 10, 1957 in Vimtim, Mubi Local Government Area of Adamawa State, he was Chief of Defence Staff between January 2014 and July 2015.
Badeh was being tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over alleged money laundering to the tune of N3.9 billion.