Alex Badeh’s Murder: Nigerian lawmaker fairs free movement of VIPs
A member of the House of Representatives, Chika Adamu, has alleged that the killing of former chief of defence staff (CDS) retired Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh must have been planned. Adamu, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) representing Niger state, made the allegation on Thursday, December 20, during plenary where the House condemned the killing of Badeh, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The lawmaker also expressed fears over the rate of killing in the country. “How could a general move alone with his driver and third party?” he asked. House of Representatives
In his contribution, another legislator, Toby Okechukwu, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) representing Enugu state, blamed security agencies for the recent killings in the country. Following deliberations, the House of Representatives called on the Nigeria police and the Department of Sate Services (DSS) to fish out the killers of Alex Badeh. The lawmakers, who condemned the act, also charged the inspector general of police, Ibrahim Idris, and the director general of DSS, Yusuf Bichi, to bring the perpetrators to justice. House of Representatives
The resolution was sequel to a motion by Abdulrahman Abubakar at a plenary presided over by speaker, Yakubu Dogara, in Abuja. A letter from our Editor-in-Chief Bayo Olupohunda Moving the motion Abubakar, who represents Mubi north/ Mubi south and Maiha federal constituency, noted that late Badeh was an exceptional officer, who was killed by gunmen on December 18, in his car while returning from his farm along Abuja-Keffi road. “Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, the exception officer who flew two former U.S. Presidents, received recognition from Koffi Anan. He was the only four-star General Adamawa state ever produced.House of Representatives
“His driver sustained serious injuries from gunshot and is receiving medical treatment, while his Farm Manager, Engineer Joe, was taken away by the perpetrators of the act. According to him, Badeh was born on January 10, 1957, in Vimtim, Mubi local government area of Adamawa state in northeast Nigeria, into the family of peasant farmers. “He attended Vimtim Primary School, and went on to obtain his school certificate from Villanova Secondary School in 1976, “He was admitted into the Nigeria Defence Academy as member of the 21th Regular Course on January 3, 1977, and was commissioned pilot officer on July 3, 1979. “Badeh was the 15th CDS of the Armed Forces of Nigeria,” he said. Abubakar said Badeh’s death was a great loss to his constituency, Adamawa state and Nigeria at large. House of Representatives
Meanwhile, the House had adjourned plenary till January 16, 2019. The motion for the adjournment was moved when the house reverted back to plenary presided over by the deputy speaker, Yusuf Lasun. In a related report, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has warned members of the public to deviate from spreading misinformation concerning the death of former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Alex Badeh. The NAF specifically denied insinuations that adequate security was not provided for the deceased Air Chief Marshal. NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Daramola, also faulted many theories on the circumstances surrounding the death of the former chief of defence staff.
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