Driver survived deadly attack, recuperating well, says NAF
•Ex-Defence Chief Was Provided With Necessary Security Details
•Substantial Progress Made In Ongoing Investigation
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has expressed dismay over what it called erroneous reports and comments in the media regarding the unfortunate incident that led to the death of former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, on December 18, this year.NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said contrary to most of the reports, the late Badeh’s driver was alive and recuperating well in one of its hospital.
In the same vein, Daramola stressed that contrary to reports, Badeh was actually provided with all the necessary security details befitting his rank as a four-star General and CDS.He stated: “Some of these reports erroneously state that the driver of the late former CDS, who was also shot during the incident, is dead. Other reports allege that adequate security was not provided for the deceased Air Chief Marshal.
“The NAF wishes to state categorically that nothing could be further from the truth. Firstly, all are please requested to note that the driver is alive and recuperating extremely well at one of our NAF Hospitals.
“Secondly, Air Chief Marshal Badeh has always been provided with the full compliment of personal staff and security personnel commensurate with his status as a former Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), CDS and a four-star general in the Armed Forces of Nigeria.”
The NAF spokesman maintained that the CAS, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, had on December 18, assured that the NAF was working closely with other relevant security agencies to determine the circumstances surrounding the death of the former CDS, with a view to ensuring that the perpetrators of the heinous act are brought to justice.He added: “Substantial progress has already been made in the ongoing investigation and details would be communicated at the appropriate time.
“While appreciating the overwhelming show of support received from well-meaning Nigerians during this trying time, the NAF wishes to request that the spreading of misinformation about the incident should stop forthwith, as this could have adverse effects on the conduct of ongoing operations.”