Former Chief of Defence Staff, Chief Marshal Alex Badeh has been killed by gunmen along Abuja-Keffi road.
The Nigerian Air Force say gunmen opened fire killing the former Defence Chief. A close family source revealed to Per Second News that he was in the company of his security details when the gunmen attacked.
His death has been confirmed by the Airforce Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola who wrote;
“It is with a heavy heart that I regretfully announce the unfortunate demise of former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex 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.
On behalf officers, airmen and airwomen of the Nigerian Air Force, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal 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.”
He is survived by his wife presently in London on a medical trip and children, according to close associates.
In October 2014 Boko Haram fighters briefly occupied Vimtim the hometown of Alex Badeh killing lives and destroying properties.
His cousin who lived next door to his house was killed during the attack.
The terrorist also torched down Badehs house and the hospital he built for the community. Badeh who was a victim of terror was accused a terrorist in a case against his family by the government, according to transcript obtained by Per Second News in the US.
Badeh was born in Vimtim, a little town in Mubi Local Government Area of Adamawa state, 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 Defence Academy. Alex Badeh was admitted into the Nigerian Defence Academy as a member of the 21 Regular Course on 3 January 1977, and was commissioned Pilot Officer on 3 July 1979.
He commenced his flying career at the 301 Flying Training School on the Bulldog Primary Trainer aircraft in 1979. Between 1981 and 1982 he attended the Undergraduate Pilot Training at Vance Air Force Base in the United States Air Force. He was at the 301 Flying Training School (FTS) as a squadron pilot and later became an instructor pilot on the Bull Dog and DO-228 aircraft.