Court Martial sentences six over Badeh’s murder
The General Court Martial (GCM) sitting in Abuja, has sentenced six personnel of the Nigerian Air Force [NAF] over the murder of former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh.
The convicted personnel are Squadron Leader Tom Gwani, Flight Sergeant Amu David, Flight Sergeant Philemon Degema, Flight Sergeant Sabo Simon, Sergeant Mukhtar Abdullahi and Sergeant Alfred Alexander.
According to a statement issued by NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, they were charged for criminal conspiracy and dereliction of duty.
Four of the personnel were detailed to provide armed escort for Late Badeh while two others were detailed for guard duty at his residence.
The sentences are however subject to confirmation by the Appropriate Superior Authority.
Delivering judgment, GCM President, Air Commodore David Aluku pronounced the six accused personnel guilty of various charges.
Their charges include failure to perform Military duties, absconding from the convoy of the deceased former CDS while it came under attack, as well as conduct to the Prejudice of Service Discipline, for giving false statements.
According to the statement, the charges against the accused also included other Civil Offences of Criminal Conspiracy and Miscellaneous Offences Relating to Property, for illegally disposing of 79 rounds of 5.56mm live ammunition issued for the protection of the late CDS, among others”.
It added that, “on the count of aiding and abetting, two of the personnel were found not guilty, while the other four personnel who were detailed to provide armed escort were handed various sentences.
“While pleading in mitigation, the Defence Counsels urged the Court to show leniency, describing the accused persons as first time offenders.
“The sentences were announced as being subject to confirmation by the Appropriate Superior Authority”.
Badeh was murdered on December 18, 2018, by unknown gunmen along Gitata-Keffi Highway in Nasarawa State, while returning from his farm.