Alex Badeh: NAF dispels rumours surrounding the death of the former CDS

The Nigerian Air Force has been forced into issuing a statement clarifying the public misconceptions surrounding the death of former Chief of Defence, Alex Badeh who was gunned down on Tuesday.

The statement dealt with issues surrounding his personal security as retired 4-star general in the Armed Forces of Nigeria and the status of his driver following several comments
on various social media platform.

Posted via the Twitter handle of the Airforce, @NigAirForce, they force noted that contrary to many reports stating that the driver of late Badeh, who was shot during the attack had died, he his however 'recuperating well' at a military hospital.

The statement signed by the Director of Public Relations & Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, reads: "The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has noted, with dismay, some erroneous reports and comments in the media regarding the unfortunate incident that led to the death of former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, on 18 December 2018. Some of these reports erroneously state that the driver of the late former CDS, who was also shot during the incident, is dead. Other reports allege that adequate security was not provided for the deceased Air Chief Marshal."

"The NAF wishes to state categorically that nothing could be further from the truth. Firstly, all are please requested to note that the driver is alive and recuperating extremely well at one of our NAF Hospitals. Secondly, Air Chief Marshal Badeh has always been provided with the full compliment 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."

"As mentioned by the CAS, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on 19 December 2018, the NAF is working closely with other relevant security agencies to determine the circumstances surrounding the death of the former CDS with a view to ensuring that the perpetrators of the heinous act are brought to justice. Substantial progress has already been made in the ongoing investigation and details would be communicated at the appropriate time."

"While appreciating the overwhelming show of support received from well-meaning Nigerians during this trying time, the NAF wishes to request that the spreading of misinformation about the incident should stop forthwith as this could have adverse effects on the conduct of ongoing operations."



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