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Buhari orders hunt for killers of Nigeria's ex-defense chief

Buhari orders hunt for killers of Nigeria's ex-defense chief


Nigeria president Muhammadu Buhari has directed the country’s security apparatus to hunt down killers of former Chief of Defense Staff, Alex Badeh.

Badeh was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen as he returned from his farm on Tuesday evening, a statement from the Air Force disclosed.

Femi Adesina, Buhari’s media and publicity adviser said in a statement that the president had directed that the killers be apprehended and brought to book.

Badeh, a four-star general was the immediate past army chief under President Goodluck Jonathan. He was standing a corruption trial with authorities accusing him of diverting funds meant for the fight against terrorism – he had denied the charges.

The statement read: “President Muhammadu Buhari has described the killing of former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (rtd), as very sad and unfortunate

“The President commiserates with the family of the late four-star general, his friends and professional colleagues in the military, and the people and government of Adamawa State.

“Noting that the late Badeh, who was also a former Chief of Air Staff, attained professional fulfilment in his over three decades military career, President Buhari regrets that he fell victim to incidence of violent and fatal attacks on the nation’s highways.

“He directs security agencies to find the killers of the 15th Chief of Defence Staff and bring them to face the full force of the law, while ensuring greater security and safety for all users of the country’s roads.

“The President prays that God Almighty comforts all those who mourn Air Chief Marshal Badeh and grant his soul peaceful rest.”

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