PMB Orders Security Agencies To Find Badeh’s Killers
By Danjuma Joseph, Hussaini Hammangabdo, Jonathan Nda-Isaiah, Tarkaa David
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed security agencies to find the killers of Nigeria’s 15th Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh (rtd), and bring them to face the full force of the law.
The president, in a statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, described the killing of the former defence chief as “very sad and unfortunate.”
He pledged that his government would work to ensure greater security and safety for all users of the country’s roads.
Noting that the late Badeh, who was also a former chief of air staff (CAS), attained professional fulfillment in his over three decades’ military career, President Buhari lamented that he fell victim to the incidence of violent and fatal attacks on the nation’s highways.
The president commiserated 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.
The president prayed God Almighty to comfort all those who mourn Badeh and grant his soul peaceful rest.
Badeh was shot dead on Tuesday night on the Abuja-Keffi highway while reportedly returning from his farm. He was killed alongside his driver.
…Badeh’s Killing Totally Unacceptable
Reacting to the killing of the late Badeh, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, described the incidence as totally unacceptable, vowing that that killers of the former defence chief will be made to face justice.
Abubakar made this comment at the opening ceremony of the fourth quarter Chief of Air Staff Conference at NAF Headquarters, Abuja, yesterday.
He said that NAF had been working to unravel the perpetrators of the heinous crime in order to make them to face the full wrath of the laws of the country.
The CAS added that the killing should be a reminder to security operatives to double their efforts to ensure that criminals are not allowed to endanger the lives of Nigerians.
He admitted that there had been a gap in the security system of the nation which NAF under his leadership was trying to bridge.
He expressed the service’s appreciation to Nigerians for their support following the incident, saying such sentiment expressed by Nigerians was a sign of love and support for the service.
The CAS expressed shock over the gruesome act and condoled with members of Badeh’s family for their loss.
“The entire Air Force family is shocked about the incident and we are expressing our condolence to the wife and children of Air Marshal Alex Badeh
“For this kind of thing to happen, it is something that is totally unacceptable.
“The NAF is working very closely, since yesterday, to find the killers of this heinous crime and by the special grace of God, we will get them and they will face justice,” he said
He added that the incident was a reminder to all those who have shouldered the responsibility of protecting the life and property of all Nigerians that though they are working hard, they should redouble their efforts.
“We need to work round the clock; we need to put in more efforts; we need to collaborate more closely to ensure that these criminals are not allowed to endanger the lives of our people,” he said
He further stated that the NAF, in a bid to add value to its operations across the country, had been building the capacity of special forces and regiment personnel.
The air chief reiterated that as part of efforts to bridge the gap, NAF recently recruited over 700 regiment personnel who were trained in Kaduna, adding that another batch is to commence training.
“The idea is to make sure that we bridge the gap that there is in our system in order to be able to deal with these kinds of challenges,” he said, adding, however, that security is everybody’s business and therefore every Nigerian must play a role to ensure that Nigeria is safe and secure.
“Security is everybody’s business; it is not entirely a military affair. Those guys that shot him came from an environment, so we all have to work together to make sure that our national security is not undermined by any group or individuals.”
Abubakar further commended the president, the federal government and the National Assembly for the resources they had provided for NAF to ensure that they reduce security challenges in the country, even as he revealed that the NAF had just taken delivery of NAF 476 from the U.S. for air operations.
“From an average statistics of 36 percent operable aircraft in 2015, today we have 70 -80 percent aircraft in the space. We are not there yet but I can assure you and all Nigerians that we are working round the clock to ensure that Nigeria is secured and its sovereignty is not under threat,” he said
…Mourners throng Badeh’s Village
Meanwhile, mourners are trooping to Vimtim in Mubi-North local government area of Adamawa State, the hometown of the late Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, to condole with his family over the assassination of the four star general.
Paul Samuel, a family member to the late Badeh, described his killing as disturbing to the family, community and state.
Senator Paul Wampana Vimtim, a relation and onetime North-East chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said he was busy attending to mourners.
The state governor, Alhaji Muhammed Bindow, described the killing as brutal, shocking and unfortunate.
In a statement signed by his special assistant on Press and Media Affairs, Martins Dickson, Bindow said the entire Adamawa State and indeed the nation had been thrown into mourning by this sudden and barbaric murder.
Bindow explained that Badeh has contributed his quota in developing Adamawa State and the Nigerian nation, and the people of Adamawa will not forget in hurry, Badeh’s influence and contribution in siting the Nigeria Air Force Comprehensive Secondary School in Yola among many other contributions.
“Badeh is an illustrious son of Adamawa and his contributions to physical development and fighting insurgency will be appreciated for a long time to come, “he said.
Bindow called on the security agencies to ensure that the perpetrators of this evil are brought to book and quickly too. He also called on members of the public with useful information to assist the security agencies, adding that the murder of Badeh is one too many.
Bindow prayed for the repose of his soul, and commiserates with his immediate family, the people of Vimtim, the Nigeria Air force, Adamawa State and Nigeria as a whole.
The state’s Information and Strategy commissioner, Ahmed Sajoh, who hails from the same local government as the late Badeh, urged government security agencies to display professionalism the way they did in tracing the killers of General Alkali to unravel the killers of Badeh.
…Military, Police, Jointly Search For Killers Of Alex Badeh
Meanwhile, a joint detachment of military and police officers have been detailed to fish out the killers of the late CDS, Alex Badeh.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Police PRO, Nasarawa State Command, Idrisu John Kennedy, and made available to journalists in Lafia, yesterday.
President Muhammad Buhari had earlier yesterday given orders that the killers of the former Chief of Defence Staff be fished out.
Acting on the directive of the president, the inspector-general of police directed the commissioner of police in Nasarawa State to swing into action.
According to the PPRO’s statement, Badeh was attacked by gunmen at Tudu-Uku along Gitata-Keffi Road while returning from his farm located in Panda Development Area, Karu LGA.
“He was in company of his friend and driver when unknown gunmen ambushed and opened fire on his moving vehicle. The former Chief of Defence Staff suffered gunshot injuries which resulted in his death, while his driver was injured and the said friend abducted.
“The corpse of the late Air Chief Marshal and the injured driver have been taken to NAF Hospital, Abuja.
“Following the directive of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, the Commissioner of Police Nasarawa State, CP Yahaya Bello and some senior military personnel have visited the scene alongside IGP’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and Special Tactical Squad (STS) who are to carry out discreet investigation into the case,” it said.
The statement called on any member of the public with any useful information about those behind the crime to help the police with it.