SWITZERLAND, MAY 30 – A General Court Martial sitting at the NAF Base in Abuja has awarded various sentences to six Nigerian Air Force personnel, who were aides to the former Chief of Defence Staff, Late Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, who was murdered in cold blood.
Badeh was shot dead in December 2018 by gunmen while on his way back from his farm.
The six air force personnel were on Friday awarded various sentences by the GCM which sat at the NAF Base, Bill Clinton Drive, Abuja.
According to the NAF in a release on Saturday morning by the Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, 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.
However, the statement did not indicate the number of charge counts leveled at the convicts and their jail terms but said: “Six NAF personnel were awarded various sentences by the GCM.”
It added that four of the personnel were detailed to provide armed escort for the late CDS while the two others were detailed for guard duty at his house.
“The personnel were standing trial for various offenses. Delivering his judgment, the President of the GCM, Air Commodore David Aluku, pronounced the six accused personnel guilty of various charges.
“These included their failure to perform military duties, by absconding from the convoy of the deceased former CDS, while it came under attack, as well as to conduct to the prejudice of service discipline, for giving false statements.
“The charges against the accused also included other civil offenses of criminal conspiracy and miscellaneous offenses relating to a property, for illegally disposing of 79 rounds of 5.56mm live ammunition issued for the protection of the late CDS, among others.