Nigerians react in fear to the assassination of the former chief of defence staff, Air chief Marshall Alex Sabundu Badeh and the previous killing of the ex Army General Idris Alkali allegedly by angry youths of Jos, the Plateau State capital.
According to a statement issued in Abuja by NAF spokesman, Air commodore, Ibikunle Daramola, Badeh who rose to the rank of Air chief Marshall in the Nigerian military, died from gunshot wounds he sustained after his vehicle was attacked while returning from his farm along Abuja – Keffi Road on Tuesday.
Reacting, some Nigerians wondered why this high profiled ex military chiefs in recent times are been killed like chickens in the street.
Our correspondent speaking with concerned Nigerians.
Arch. Shwuab prince – Nnaji, said when he read about the Alex Babeh’s killing he was shocked, ” it is disheartening and scary to know that high profile men like ex military chiefs with have security details are murder like chickens on the street, I wonder what will happen to ordinary citizens like me and you who walk around with no aid”.
“At this point I will say we are in a point of deep mess to say if people of this caliber are assassinated so cheaply, then we are not safe”.
Muhammed Khalifa, expresses worry and fear over the recent murder of the former chief of defence saying that ” about two months ago an ex military general was killed in jos and now Alex Badeh killed at Abuja – Keffi Road here”.
” If the military cannot defend her own, I guess we are doomed”.
Khalifa call on security agencies to work round the clock to curb out the security challenges facing the country during this festive season and as we approach the forthcoming general elections.
Hon. Amos Adamu Yat, Maijama’a Allah Bokkos described the recent murder as unfortunate one, but according to him “this alarming rate of high profiled security ex chief been murdered could be as a result of the looters, who Robb youths of their future leading to wider rate of unemployment which has a multiplier effect of increase in bandits, thuggery and so on, whom are used to achieve their political goals”.
“Adding that although security agencies are trying their best, but need to be more proactive in discharging their constitutional duties to ensure holdullums are quickly apprehended”.
Yusuf Abdulahimum on his part believe that the recent killing especially the murder of Alex Badeh is political. ” there is an in house conflict unknown to the public I believe because for the highly profiled persons to be killed just like that, there is something wrong”.
On his part, Barrister Seun Oluwabunimi expressed dissatisfaction on some reactions from Nigerians on the murder of late Air Marshall Alex Badeh on social media as disheartening statement like “Alex Badeh allegedly deprived the Nigerian military during his led administration and kept the money for himself.. he is now dead from the insecurity he helped in establishing,! Corruption affects everyone including those engaging in it he allegedly did “.
Adding Seun said,” I’m a lawyer and aware that Alex allegations are filed before the court, and such comments are not call for especially now that he is late”.
He therefore appeal to security agencies to as a matter of urgency fish out the killers to face the law.
The police few days ago let out a video confession of an arrested suspect in the Badeh murder.
According to the suspects who gave his name as Shauibu Rabi, he and his friends were given an information that an ex military chiefs has in his possession a huge sum of money which he wanted use in purchasing a parcel of land in nasarawa state.
The 25-year-old suspect said after killing Badeh, he and his friends stole a big bag which contained a huge sum of money in naira.
In a statement issued by police spokesperson, DCP Jimoh Moshood he said five suspect were arrested by the police for their alleged involvement in the killing of the former chief of airforce staff.
He said two out of the five suspects arrested actively participated in the killing while the three suspects played other roles that led to Badeh’s murder.
Jimoh however, refused to give the names of the suspects arrested as investigations are still ongoing.