Nigeria’s former Chief of Air Staff , Air Marshall Alex Sabundu Badeh was on Tuesday evening killed by unknown gunmen in the suburbs of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, He was the 18th Chief of Air Staff of the Nigerian Air Force.
Nigerian Airforce spokesman Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola confirmed the death in a tweet this evening.”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,” he tweeted.
The retired military officer, it was learnt, was travelling back to Abuja with his driver who was also shot with an unidentified man.
Before his death, the former Air Chief was standing trial alongside Iyalikam Nigeria Limited, before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Maitama, Abuja. He was accused by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of abusing his position by diverting Nigeria Air Force, NAF, funds for personal enrichment, and acquisition of properties in choice areas in Abuja.
He was first arraigned in 2015 on a 10-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust, abuse of office and money laundering to the tune of N3.9billion.
In a statement by the spokesman of the anti-graft agency, Wilson Uwujaren, says, “Upon discovery of fresh evidence, Badeh was re-arraigned by the anti-graft agency on July 4, 2018, on an amended 14-count charge bordering on money laundering, which he pleaded not guilty to.
One of the new charges reads:
“That you, Air Chief Marshal Alex S. Badeh (Rtd) And Iyalikam Nigeria Limited on or about 24th February 2016 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did retain possession of the sum of $1,000,000.00 (One Million Dollar) only which you kept at No.6 Ogun River Street, Off Danube Street, Maitama, Abuja which funds you reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceed of your unlawful activity to wit: theft, criminal breach of trust or corruption and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 as amended in 2012 and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act”.
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