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Ex-Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, reportedly killed

Air Chief Marshal, Alex Badeh (rtd), a former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)

A former Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, has been reportedly killed on Tuesday.

The retired Air Chief Marshal was assassinated alongside his driver on his way to Abuja this evening.

Badeh served as Nigeria’s CDS under the administration of Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

He retired in 2015 following the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari into office and the appointment of Gen. A.G Olonisakin who succeeded him.

He was the 18th Chief of Air Staff and the 15th Chief of Defence Staff of the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Born on 10 January 1957, in Vimtim, a little town in Mubi Local Government Area of Adamawa State, the four star general in the Nigerian Air Force, died at age 61.

According to report, Badeh was shot dead on the Abuja-Keffi Expressway on his way back from his farm.

Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, the Director of Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force, has 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.

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