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Police arrest suspected Badeh killers, postpones parade

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Nigeria Police Force on Thursday postponed the parade of suspected killers of the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (rtd.)

The suspects were arrested Wednesday, December 26 and slated for parade at the headquarters of the NPF in Abuja on Thursday following their suspected involvement in Badeh’s murder on Tuesday, December 18.

Badeh was murdered in his car while returning from his farm.

Police spokesman Jimoh Moshood said that the decision to postpone the parade of the suspects to the media was to prevent other members of the gang from escaping.

“It is of significance to note that the parade of the two suspects and the three other gang members will not come up today so as not to jeopardise the ongoing investigation,” Moshood said.

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Although Moshood did not mention names of the suspects, but said two out of the suspects actively participated in the killing, adding that three other suspects played other roles in the crime.

He said, “The two suspects arrested actively participated in the killing of the former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh.”

The Police spokesman, however, noted that there were still some suspects on the run asides the two persons arrested.

The investigation involved men of the Nigerian Air Force, the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team and men of the Nasarawa State police command.

The suspects in police custody were alleged to be local highway bandits who had killed and abducted people in the past which was not reported.

Badeh was the only one that was killed out of three persons in his car, which has fuelled speculations that he was assassinated.

Badeh’s friend, who was in the vehicle with him was abducted by the hoodlums but released after his family paid a ransom reportedly running into millions of naira.

The former CDS’ four military guards, who provided security, were said to have been a few kilometres away when the attack took place.

They were subsequently detained and questioned by investigators.

At the time of his death, Badeh was being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for allegedly diverting N3bn from the accounts of the air force.

Badeh’s widow, Mary Iya Badeh, and his two sons, Alex (jnr) and Kam, all on EFCC watch list, had been in the United States since 2016.

The former CDS had forfeited money and choice properties to the Federal Government before his death.


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