Nigeria 2019: Election security comes to mind as gunmen kill ex-defence chief
It is less than two months to the February 2019 date when Nigeria, will go to polls to elect their president.
There have been various security reports concerning the election, mostly pointing at violence or even no election.
Last night, former Chief of Defence Staff who served under the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government led by Goodluck Jonathan, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, was killed by yet to be identified gunmen.
Badeh was retired in 2015. Reports say Badeh was killed in an ambush outside the capital, Abuja while he was going home from his farm.
Air force spokesman Ibikunle Daramola said in a statement that Badeh’s vehicle “was attacked while returning from his farm along Abuja-Keffi Road”.
It is unclear whether it was a targeted or random killing.
Badeh is one of the opposition members who are on trial for money-laundering – allegations he denied.
Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alleges he diverted Nigeria Air Force funds for his personal use.
His defence team had been expected to present their case in January, Nigeria’s Guardian newspaper reported.