6. Things You Don’t Know About Alex Badeh
The death of a former Defence Chief in Nigeria, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, came as a shock to many Nigerians, as he became the latest victim of the insecurity in the nation that has continued to allocate huge amount of money to a quest to make Nigerians safe.
He was killed on Tuesday while returning from his farm along Abuja-Keffi Road.
Mr Badeh gave 38 years of his life to serving Nigeria and rose through the rank to become the 15th Defence Chief of the Armed Forces.
But his rank is just a tip of the iceberg and the insecurity he once fought, sadly, led to his death.
Here are other things you should know about the man killed by gunmen near, Nigeria’s capital territory.
1. Badeh Is From A Terrorised State
Alex Badeh is from Adamawa State, one of the states in Nigeria’s northeast that have suffered Boko Haram attacks.
In October 2014 Boko Haram fighters briefly occupied Vimtim the hometown of Alex Badeh, killing residents and destroying property.
His cousin who lived next door to his house was killed during the attack while the terrorist also burnt down Badeh’s house and the hospital he built for his community.
2. He Got Green Light To Fly Former U.S. Presidents
In his service as an Air Force pilot, Mr Badeh got the green light to fly former United States Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter on different occasions after extensive check was done by the United States Secret Service.
3. Badeh Got United Nation’s Commendation
Badeh’s professional dexterity on duty earned him commendation and an autographed pen from Koffi Anan and the then UN Secretary after flying him to an official trip.
4. Badeh Believes In Made In Nigeria Dream
As Chief of Air Staff, Mr Badeh initiated Optimising Local Engineering (OLE 1 and 2) to focus on developing indigenous Unarmed Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and other weapon systems.
The OLE 1 and 2 resulted in the production of the AMEBO project (aka GULMA 1 UAV) which allowed the Air Force survey and carry out attacks remotely without putting the lives of pilots at risk and this was the first locally produced drone in Nigeria.
Badeh also ensured that UAV pilots were trained locally to promote local content and save the nation huge resources that would have been spent conducting same training abroad.
5. Badeh Hates Fake News
Badeh knew that fake news spread fast and that the only way to counter it was to give the right information at the right time.
To tackle the challenge of negative media coverage against the Nigerian Military, Badeh during his time as Defence Chief established the Armed Forces Radio broadcasting form Mogadishu Cantonment broadcasting on 107.7 FM.
The radio station enabled military to tell its side of events, over security orientation and information.
6. Badeh Lost Property To Anti-Corruption Fight
In February 2016, Alex Badeh was accused of financial misappropriation by the EFCC during his tenure as service chief.
In the heat of his trial then, he allegedly lost a one billion Naira property in Abuja to the anti-corruption war.
Badeh denied involvement in any misconduct.
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