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 *Police concocted the story to deceive the public

*Late ex-CDS planning to join Atiku’s campaign team

Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh was killed by expert marksmen, an associate of the deceased who spoke with the Punch has said.

Nasarawa State Police Command on Thursday confirmed the arrest of five suspects in connection with the killing of Badeh and said the former chief of defence staff was killed by armed robbers.

However, his family has denied the allegation, claiming that the police concocted the story to deceive the public.

Speaking to Saturday PUNCH  on Friday,   deceased’s associate, who spoke on condition of anonymity, a retired security officer, explained that the incident was “a targeted attack” and not a case of armed robbery.

He dismissed the confessional video as a charade far from the truth.

He said, “As an intimate friend of the late CDS, I can tell you categorically that Badeh had no such money. He was very broke and could not pay his domestic staff and power bills. At a time, I volunteered to raise N50,000 to enable him to settle part of the bills, but he declined, saying he would harvest some crops on his farm and sell them to raise money.

“That was why he went to the farm to harvest the crops but he was ambushed and killed.

“He was very broke because all his accounts had been frozen by the court and his pension stopped. So, how could a man who could not pay his bills pay N2m  for a farmland as claimed by the police investigation? That is stretching the lies too far.”

Another friend of the late CDS  claimed that Badeh was planning to join the campaign team of the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar,  before he was killed.

According to the source, Badeh delayed the announcement because his lawyer asked him to suspend the move and prepare for the opening of the defence of his corruption case which was slated for January 16, 17 and 18, 2019.

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