A probe has been initiated into the murder of a former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh (retd) by armed men early this week.
The Inspector-General (IG) Idris Kpotun Ibrahim have reported sent some crack detective to Nasarawa to ensure that those responsible for the unfortunate fate that befell Badeh were unmarked and brought to book.
The Nation reports that the Nasarawa Police Command has disclosed that it is gathering more information from Badeh’s driver, who survived the attack.
A friend of Badeh, who was also in the car, was abducted by the gunmen.
The police and other security agencies have lunched an intensive search for Badeh’s friend who was kidnapped by the hoodlums.
The police have, in their preliminary report concluded that the former chief of Army staff was murdered.
The statement said: “The former CDS suffered gunshot injury which resulted to 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 Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Hospital, Abuja.”
The statement confirmed that the probe of the incident was ongoing with the visit to scene of the murder by the Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa State Yahaya Bello and some senior military personnel.
The statement added: “Following the directive of the Inspector-General of Police, the Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa State and some senior military personnel have visited the scene alongside IGP’s Intelligence Response Team ([RT) and Special Tactical Squad (STS), who are to carry out discrete investigation into the case.
“The Police Command, Nigerian Army and Air Force personnel led by Deputy Commissioner of Police are in the area immediately the incident occurred with a view to rescuing the abducted person and arrest the perpetrators of this dastardly act.
The Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa State has called on members of the public with useful information that can aid the ongoing investigation to come forward with it or contact GSM lines 0803304I306 and 08033097663.” the statement said.
It was also learnt that pressure was being mounted on the deceased’s wife, Mary Iya Badeh and children to return to Nigeria for burial.
Members of the family relocated abroad following the investigation and trial of the former CDS.
Alex Badeh Jr. was grilled by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in connection with the alleged N3.97 billion fraud involving the late CDS.
But the son later managed to escape abroad.
The Nation, according to it report, understands that some associates and relations of the ex-CDS have got in touch with his wife and children on the need to return home to bury the patriarch of the family.
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