Buhari orders Badeh’s killers to be found

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President Muhammadu Buhari has given orders to security agencies to find those behind the death of the 15th Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh.

According to the president, Badeh’s death is a sad and unfortunate one as he gives directive for the perpetrators of this act to be brought to book as well as ensure maximum security for road users.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement made it known that Buhari regret that Badeh was a victim of fatal attack on the nation’s highway.

He also sympathizes with the family of the late four-star general, his friends and professional colleagues in the military as well as the people and Government of Adamawa State.

Report has it that Badeh, who was in company with his driver, orderly and one of his civilian friends said to be an engineer, died on the spot.

The engineer was however abducted by gunmen but shot the rest. The news about Badeh’s death, the former Nigerian Air Force (NAF) chief was reportedly told to the authorities by his Aide-de-Camp (whose names are withheld).

The NAF authorities were said to have immediately sent personnel along with medical staff to scene of the incident. It was there they confirmed his death and his remains were deposited at the NAF Base hospital mortuary which is located along the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Road.

However, Adamawa state Governor, Senator Muhammed Umaru Jibrilla Bindow expressed his concern over Badeh’s awful murder.

He said “Alex Badeh, from Vimtim, contributed his quota in developing Adamawa state and the Nigerian nation. The people of Adamawa will not forget in a hurry Badeh’s influence and contribution in siting the Nigeria Airforce Comprehensive Secondary School in Yola, among many other contributions. Badeh was an illustrious son of Adamawa and his contributions to fighting insurgency and physical development will be appreciated for a long time to come”.

Moreso, a native of Vimtim and Badeh’s neighbour, Paul Samuel, said that the entire village is in mourning and some of the village members could not even believe the news.

“Badeh’s death is a huge loss to everyone here, the people of Mubi and Adamawa state. We have never had anyone attained such height in our village and the entire community is sad that a four-star general could be killed so easily. We hope the military would fish out those behind the killing. I believe it was an assassination and the perpetrators must be fished out and punished.”

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