Two principal suspects linked to the killing of a former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, have been arrested.
A police source disclosed this to Channels Television on Wednesday.
According to the source, the investigations carried out so far on the matter reveal that the two suspects were directly involved in the attack that led to the death of the former Defence Chief.
The source added that three suspects had earlier been apprehended and were instrumental to the arrest of the two principal suspects.
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The arrest came one week after the former Defence Chief was killed by gunmen who attacked him while he was returning from his farm along Abuja-Keffi Road.
His death had triggered reactions from the Federal Government and its critics who called for a thorough investigation into the circumstances that led to the killing.
Consequently, some reports alleged that the deceased Air Chief Marshal was not provided with adequate security, a situation they said led to his death.
They also claimed that Badeh’s driver who was shot during the incident had died.
The Nigerian Air Force, however, condemned the reports in a statement in which it said the driver was alive.
It also faulted the claims that the former Defence Chief was not provided with adequate security, stressing that the reports were far from the truth.
“Air Chief Marshal Badeh has always been provided with the full complement of personal staff and security personnel commensurate with his status as a former Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), CDS and a 4-star general in the Armed Forces of Nigeria,” the NAF stated.
Badeh served as the 18th Chief of Air Staff until his appointment as Chief of Defence Staff by former President Goodluck Jonathan in January 2014 and retired a year after.
Read the full statement from the police confirming the arrest on Thursday (December 27).
UPDATE ON SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN THE KILLING OF FORMER, CHIEF OF DEFENCE STAFF, AIR CHIEF MARSHAL ALEX BADEH
AND PARADE OF VICIOUS AND NOTORIOUS ARMED ROBBERY, CAR SNATCHING AND BURGLARY SYNDICATES THAT SPECIALIZE IN CAR SNATCHING AT GUN POINT AND STEALING OF VEHICLES WHERE PARKED IN ABUJA, KADUNA, KANO AND EDO STATES BY THE FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, Ag. DCP JIMOH MOSHOOD AT THE FORCE HEADQUARTERS, ABUJA. 27th DECEMBER, 2018.
SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN THE KILLING OF FORMER, CHIEF OF DEFENCE STAFF, AIR CHIEF MARSHAL ALEX BADEH
On the directive of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM, mni, the Joint Police Investigation Team (IGP INTELLIGENCE RESPONSE TEAM and the SPECIAL TACTICAL SQUAD) setup by the IGP and mandated to within the shortest possible time to arrest all those responsible for the killing of the former, Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh on the 18th December, 2018 in Nasarawa State arrested Two (2) principal suspects who participated in the killing of the former, Chief of Defence Staff on 18th December, 2018, and three (3) other suspects in connection with the heinous crime. They are now in Police custody undergoing investigation.
ii. The investigation into the killing of the former, Chief of Defence Staff is being intensified to arrest other suspects still at large.
iii. The parade of the two (2) principal suspects and the three (3) other gang members now in Police custody will not come up today so as not to jeopardize the on-going investigation.
iv. All the suspects will be paraded before the media and the public on completion of investigation into the matter.
v. The Nigeria Police Force will not relent nor leave any stone unturned in getting to the root of the killing and bring all perpetrators to justice.