Alex Badeh, former chief of defence staff, has been assassinated.
Badeh, a retired air chief marshal, was shot dead along the Abuja-Keffi road as he returned from his farm.
Ibikunle Daramola, spokesman of the Nigerian air force, announced this via his Twitter handle on Tuesday.
“It is with a heavy heart that I regretfully announce the unfortunate demise of former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, who died today, 18 Dec 2018, from gunshot wounds sustained when his vehicle was attacked while returning from his farm along Abuja-Keffi Road.
“On behalf officers, airmen and airwomen of the Nigerian Air Force, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar, commiserates with the family of the late former Chief of Defence Staff over this irreparable loss. We pray that the Almighty God grants his soul eternal rest,” Daramola wrote.
Badeh served as Nigeria’s chief of defence staff between January 2014 and July 2015.
Before his death, he was being prosecuted for alleged N3.9 billion fraud while in office during the Goodluck Jonathan administration.