Nigeria’s former Chief of Defense Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Sabundu Badeh, has been assassinated.
He was assassinated on Tuesday while returning from his farm along Abuja-Keffi Road in northern Nigeria.
“It is with a heavy heart that I regretfully announce the unfortunate demise of former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Sabundu 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,” said a statement by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force.
[read_more id="2" more="Read full article" less="Read less"]
“On behalf 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 grants his soul eternal rest. Details later”.
Why it matters: Nigerians go to the polls in February and elections are often preceded by bloodshed there. But it was not clear whether the assassination of Badeh was politically motivated.
Alex Sabundu Badeh, who was born on January 10, 1957, was a retired four star flag officer of the Nigerian Air force who served as the 18th Chief of Air Staff (October 4, 2012 – January 16, 2014) and the 15th Chief of Defense Staff of the armed forces of Nigeria (January 16, 2014 to July 13, 2015).
His official profile says he was born in Vimtim, a little town in Mubi Local Government Area of Adamawa State, North East Nigeria into a family of peasant farmers.
He attended Vimtim Primary School, Vimtim and went on to obtain his school certificate from Villanova Secondary School in 1976 before proceeding to the Nigerian Defense Academy.
Alex Badeh was admitted into the Nigerian Defense Academy as a member of the 21 Regular Course on 3 January 1977, and was commissioned Pilot Officer on 3 July 1979.
He was being tried for financial misappropriation by the EFCC during his tenure as service chief, but he denied involvement in any misconduct.