Shuaibu Rabi, one of the suspects who participated in the gruesome murder of for Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (rtd), revealed that they killed him because they wanted to rob him.
According to the 25 year old suspect, he and his friends received information that the former Defence Chief was in possession of a huge sum of money which he wanted to use in purchasing a parcel of land in Nasarawa State.
“What happened was that, on a certain day, my elder brother went to a market, where he met with one Churuma. Churuma told him that he got information that an old soldier (Badeh) wanted to buy a parcel of land but would be buying the land in cash,” Shuaibu said in Hausa.
“He said we would trail the soldier on that day and we would block him and collect the money. So, on that day, when we saw him coming Churuma signalled to us that it was him. Some of us stayed behind his vehicle in case he would want to reverse while Churuma stayed in front.
“But when he (Badeh) saw Churuma with a gun, he did not do like he wanted to reverse, he attempted to hit Churuma with his car but Churuma dodged to the side and then opened fire on him.
“After that, we opened the car and found a bag of money and went with it. When they opened the bag, the money was beyond what I had ever seen before.”
He further noted that after killing Badeh and taking the huge cash, they abducted Badeh’s friend who was in the car with him.
His military guard who were supposed to be with him was reportedly few kilometers away from him when the incident happened.
The spokesman of the Nigeria Police Force who issued a statement in Abuja on Thursday noted that efforts were ongoing to track down other accomplices.
“Two principal suspects who participated in the killing of the former Chief of Defence Staff and three other suspects have been arrested in connection with the heinous crime. They are now in police custody undergoing investigation.
“The investigation into the killing of the former CDS is being intensified to arrest other suspects still at large,” Jimoh said.