Shuaibu Rabi, one of the alleged suspects who reportedly took part in the killing of the immediate past chief of defence staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (retd.), has said that the former air chief was killed while being robbed of a huge amount of money.
The armed robbery suspect who spoke in Hausa language while being interrogated said he and his gang had been told by an informant that Badeh was in possession of a huge sum of money which he wanted to use in purchasing a parcel of land in Nasarawa state, The Punch reports.
Rabi stated that based on the information, they set an ambush for Badeh while he returned from his farm along the Keffi-Abuja road on December 18, where the former army chief was killed.
"What happened was that, on a certain day, my elder brother went to a market, where he met with one Churuma. Churuma told him that he got information that an old soldier (Badeh) wanted to buy a parcel of land but would be buying the land in cash," Rabi said.
“He said we would trail the soldier on that day and we would block him and collect the money. So, on that day, when we saw him coming Churuma signalled to us that it was him. Some of us stayed behind his vehicle in case he would want to reverse while Churuma stayed in front.
“But when he (Badeh) saw Churuma with a gun, he did not do like he wanted to reverse, he attempted to hit Churuma with his car but Churuma dodged to the side and then opened fire on him."
“After that, we opened the car and found a bag of money and went with it. When they opened the bag, the money was beyond what I had ever seen before.”
Below is a video of the suspects alleged confession. Credits: The Punch.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), on Thursday, December 27, announced a postponement of the public presentation of suspected killers of late former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, to newsmen in Abuja.
The report quoted the spokesperson of the police, acting DCP Jimoh Moshood, as saying this when he addressed newsmen in Abuja.
Moshood said five suspects were arrested for alleged involvement in the crime adding that the decision to postpone the presentation of the suspects to the media was to prevent other members of the gang from escaping.
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