Former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal, Alex Badeh, rtd, has been killed by unknown gunmen.
He was shot on Tuesday along with his driver.
According to a tweet by the Director of Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola @KunleDaramola3, late on Tuesday night, the former Air Chief Marshal died from gunshot wounds sustained when his was attacked while returning from his farm along Abuja-Keffi Road.
The tweet read: “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 of 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.”
Until his death, Badeh, aged 61, was standing trial for alleged diversion of funds meant for arms purchase,an allegation he denied till his death.
The late Air Chief Marshal joined the Nigerian Air Force in 1979. In 2008, he became an Air Vice Marshal. He was appointed Chief of Air Staff in 2012. Two years later, he was made Chief of Defence Staff.
Badeh retired from the Force in July 2015.