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Ex-Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, murdered (Photos) 



A former Chief of Defence Staff , Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh ( retd . ) , has been killed .It was gathered that the retired military officer was killed on the Abuja- Keffi Expressway on his way back from his farm .

He was said to have been shot along with his driver on Tuesday .

Until his death , he was standing trial for alleged diversion of funds meant for arms purchase .

The Director of Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force , Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola , confirmed the incident in a statement .

“ It is with a heavy heart that I regretfully announce the unfortunate demise of a former Chief of Defence Staff , Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh ( retd . ) , who died today , December 18 , from gunshot wounds sustained when his vehicle was attacked while returning from his farm along the Abuja -Keffi Road.

“ On behalf of 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 grant his soul eternal rest , ” the statement read .

The late Badeh , who was 61 years , was commissioned into the Nigerian Air Force in 1979 .

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He was born in Vimtim , in the Mubi Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

He attended the Vimtim Primary School . Vimtim and went on to obtain his secondary school certificate from the Villanova Secondary School in 1976 before proceeding to the Nigerian Defence Academy .

Badeh was admitted into the Nigerian Defence Academy as a member of the 21 Regular Course on January 3 , 1977 , and was commissioned as Pilot Officer on July 3 , 1979 .

The retired military officer was promoted Air Vice Marshal on January 3 , 2008 .
He was appointed Chief of Air Staff by President Goodluck Jonathan in October 2012 and was appointed Chief of Defence Staff in April 2014 .

Badeh was being tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for allegedly diverting billions of naira meant for weapons , an allegation he denied until his death .

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