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Security Aides May Have Clues to Badeh’s Killers

Nigeria's former chief of defense staff Air Marshal Alex S. Badeh, centre, speaks during a demonstration calling on the government to rescue the kidnapped girls of the government secondary school in Chibok, in Abuja, Nigeria, Monday, May 26, 2014. Scores of protesters chanting "Bring Back Our Girls" marched in the Nigerian capital Monday to protest the abductions of more than 300 schoolgirls by Boko Haram, the government's failure to rescue them and the killings of scores of teachers by Islamic extremists in recent years. (AP Photo/Gbenga Olamikan)

The security aides to the late former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, may hold the clues to his killers, security sources have said.

It was learnt that the four security aides, who were with him when he was shot dead, might possess critical information that could unravel the circumstances surrounding the assassination of the retired Air Force chief.

Senior security officials queried the alleged failure of the security aides to nail the attackers, noting that something was not right about the way only Badeh was killed out of the seven people that were attacked.

“The security aides, whose responsibility was to protect the ex-CDS, are central to the investigation. Any investigator who knows his job would be milking them like cows by now,” a source said.

There were reports that the police had interrogated the security detail who were believed to be Air Force operatives, but it could not be ascertained whether the men were taken into custody for failing to protect their principal.

Commenting on the incident, a security analyst, Ben Okezie, noted that this was the first time a top retired military officer was killed in such a brutal manner, noting that the investigators must have interrogated the ex-CDS’ security aides, driver and family members.

He lampooned the police for announcing the arrest of suspects when they had not concluded their investigation, adding that by this, they had “made nonsense of the investigation.”

Okezie said, “For the police to rush to announce that they had arrested suspects who they wanted to parade and for them to suspend the exercise, they have made nonsense of the investigation.

“Since they have not caught the other suspects, why did they announce that they wanted to parade the suspects?”
The security expert cautioned the force against bungling the investigation, adding that the force could seek the assistance of the Department of State Services if it felt overwhelmed by the task.





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