Update On Alex Badeh’s Death: Family Insists He Was Killed, Says Suspect’s Confession Is A Lie
The family of the late Chief of Air Staff, Alex Badeh has reacted to the confession by suspected killers of the deceased that they killed him to seize alleged huge sums of money he had on him to buy farmland.
According to Vanguard whom the family invited for a chat, 25-year-old Shuaibu Rabo had during interrogation by Police, said Badeh was killed in an attack to rob him of money meant for the purchase of a new farmland. Rabo, said: “One day, Yaya went to Gitata market and met Ciroma, who gave him a hint that the retired general (Badeh) had bought new farmland and he was bringing the money on a particular day.
But Badeh’s family have described the confession as a lie, adding that Badeh did not discuss any issue about the acquisition of land, neither was he with up to N500 on the day he was killed. Badeh’s family delegated only one member to speak, on the condition of anonymity.
The spokesman said, “We are not happy with the report being put out to the public there on the circumstances that led to his death. We as a family, believe that the people responsible for his death want to deceive the public by hiding the facts of what happened, how it happened and those responsible.
“I want to emphatically tell you that the claim that he went to his farm on the fateful day with huge amount of money to buy additional farmland, is a lie. In fact, he had no money on him that day, not even N500 and not even N1000 in the vehicle. As I told you, no money, I repeat, no money was in that vehicle. Not even N500 or N100 was in that vehicle on that day he was killed.
“Before his death, a villager who knew he was on the farm that day went to meet him to get money to buy paracetamol tablet for his headache he could not afford the money for him. Instead, Badeh asked the person if he could go to Panda Market.
“When the man said he could, our brother told him to pick 10 mudus (measured quantity) of maize to sell in the market and buy drug for himself, saying that was the only help he could render to him since he had no cash to give out.
“He took time to narrate to the person that as he was talking to him, there was a huge refuse dump at his house in Abuja and the people responsible for packing it, that is the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, had refused to do so because he had no money to pay for the packing.
“He added that his cook and the cleaner in his house had not been paid, explaining further that those were the reasons he went to farm on that day to pick some bags of harvested maize, like 100 bags, to sell to raise money to settle those issues.
“Again, he told his workers on the farm that since they have blocked his pension, his only source of getting money, only three out of the eight working for him can remain as he wouldn’t have money to pay all the eight anymore.
“He said ‘I’m sorry to tell you this but this is the reality, I can only retain three workers now, the five of you must go so that I won’t be owing you salaries. He said I can be selling maize and be paying salary for the three that I will retain.
“He did not have N500 on that day they killed him, I swear to God. All this you are hearing is a cook-up story.
“He went to farm to pick some bags of corn to sell so that he could raise money to pay the workers on the farm, the cook and cleaner in the house as well as for the packing of refuse dump here in the house.
“You can see the huge refuse dump here near the wall. If you see this refuse, they had to shift it from this wall closer to the primary school there because of the odour oozing out from the waste bins. You can see the dustbins there (pointed to it).
“So where did they get the information they released to the public from?”
Meanwhile, the Police also failed to parade the five suspects including two masterminds of the December 18 killing of Badeh. The five suspects who the media expected would be paraded, at Force Headquarters, Abuja, were not paraded as the Police said doing so would jeopardize ongoing investigation and efforts to arrest other members of the gang still at large.
Also, a source who spoke to Vanguard at the FPRO’s office said, two of the suspects who he refused to identify, had confessed to the killing, adding that one of them masterminded the killing. The source explained that the suspect who masterminded the killing was the same person who opened the fatal shots that killed the general.
The source claimed “They are two suspects we had planned to parade before newsmen today (yesterday), and they confessed in taking part in the killing of the General. They are both Fulani bandits but one of them had pre-knowledge that the General was to buy an additional farmland close to the one he has on the Kaduna-Keffi expressway, and he knew the money will be paid in cash and he was the person who arranged his gang members to attack and rob the General of the money. The mastermind confessed that he opened the fatal shot that killed General and injured his driver. We would have paraded them, but I learned some military men went to the Presidency and they asked the Inspector General of Police, IGP, to tell my boss, the Force PRO not to parade the suspects.”
Force Public Relations Officer, acting Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr Jimoh Moshood, on why the parade was being shifted: “The investigation into the killing of the former, Chief of Defence Staff is being intensified to arrest other suspects still at large. The parade of the two principal suspects and the three other gang members now in Police custody, will not come up so as not to jeopardize the on-going investigation. “All the suspects will be paraded before the media and the public on completion of investigation into the matter. 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.”