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Alex Badeh: How ex-CDS was ambushed, killed – Security expert, Ekhomu

President of the Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria (AISSON), Dr. Ona Ekhomu has given an insight into how former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh was killed.

He also urged the Directorate of Air Provost of the Nigerian Air Force to lead investigation of the murder.

Badeh was shot dead by unknown gunmen, at Tudu-Uku, along Gigata- Keffi road, while returning from his farm last Tuesday.

Ekhomu, in a statement on Saturday, said “the fact that ACM Badeh was a former head of the Air Force Community means that the commitment of Air Provost detectives will be greater in the hunt for the perpetrators.

“The Directorate of Air Provost should emulate the dogged determination and investigative skill which the Nigerian Army displayed in unravelling the assassination of Major General Idris Alkali (retd) in Plateau State.”

On how the assassins carried out the hit, the security expert said: “They executed an ambush on the general and his security detail. The goal of this close-quarter combat tactic was to overwhelm a superior force and leave the crime scene before reinforcements arrived.

“Ambush is one of the oldest but lethal tactic of warfare. In Gen. Badeh’s attack, the targeted violence resulted in an assassination, a kidnap and several casualties.

“They were obviously on a mission to kill the General. So it wasn’t bandits who were operating on that notorious stretch of the highway.

“The killers must have learned that the general frequented his farm, they must have monitored him to know the routes and times he travelled to Keffi, the composition of his protective detail.

“Given the amount of surveillance conducted by the killers, there must be observable evidence out there that can be used to nab them and bring them to book.

“This murder mystery must be resolved and the family must get closure,” Ekhomu added.

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