One Shuaibu Rabi arrested for the murder of Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (retd.), has given insight into the killing of the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, an account, the deceased’s family described as “cock and bull story”.
“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.
“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,” the 25 year-old suspect narrated during interrogation, a scene captured on camera and circulating online.
But in a rebuttal of Rabi’s account, Badeh’s family said the deceased had no dime on him as the time he was attacked.
“We are not happy with the report being put out to the public there on the circumstances that led to his death. We as a family, believe that some people responsible for his death want to deceive the public by hiding the facts of what happened, how it happened and those responsible.
“I want to emphatically tell you here that contrary to the claim that he went to his farm on the fateful day with huge amount of money to buy additional farmland, there was nothing like that. In fact, he had no money on him that day, not even N500 in the vehicle to buy farmland,” Vanguard quoted a member of the bereaved family as saying.