The Nigerian military and the Department of State Services have arrested 14 suspects for alleged involvement in the killing of a former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh.
The suspects were arrested by a Joint Investigative Panel, which was set up by the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, and coordinated from the Defence Headquarters, Abuja.
The suspects were to be brought to the Mogadishu Cantonment, Abuja on Tuesday, where they would be paraded before newsmen. The parade was later postponed, according to the DHQ due to “some hitches.”
The Nigeria Police Force had in December 2018 paraded five suspects for the murder, including one 25-year-old Shuaibu Rabo, who said the former CDS, was killed while they were trying to rob him of money meant for the purchase of a new farmland.
One of Badeh’s family members, however, refuted the claim saying there was no money with Badeh at the time of his murder.
Our correspondent learnt that the police’s parade did not stop the military and DSS’ discreet investigations ordered by Olonisakin into the murder.
Badeh was the Chief of Defence Staff between January 2014 and July 2015, after he earlier served as the Chief of Air Staff between October 2012 and January 2014.
He was shot dead by gunmen in the evening of December 18, 2018, while returning from his farm along the Abuja-Keffi Expressway in Nasarawa State.
A top military source, however, told our correspondent on Tuesday that the suspects were 14, adding that some of them were in military custody while others were in the DSS custody.
“They were arrested in connection with the murder of a former CDS, Alex Badeh. Some of them were arrested by us, others by DSS and the police. It was a joint investigation,” he said.