Chairman of the Joint Investigative Panel, Maj Gen Bamidele Shafa has disclosed that a total of 20 persons participated in the murder of the former Chief of Defence Staff, Late Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (Rtd).
He spoke on Wednesday during the parade of 15 suspects.
Recall that, Badeh was attacked and killed last December along Kachia – Keffi Express way while returning from his farm.
Speaking at the DHQ Garrison, Mogadishu Cantonment, Abuja, Shafa said 5 suspects were still on the run.
He said the murder of Badeh was “criminal and does not have any political undertone.”
“Aside the killing of the retired senior Airforce officer, the suspects also admitted to the kidnap of one Engineer Joseph Okpetu who was with the former CDS and was later released after the payment of N2million ransom”, the top officer added.
He disclosed that 2 AK 47 rifles, a Dane gun and other dangerous weapons were recovered from the homes of the suspects.
Suspects paraded included one Aliyu Usman aka Chiroma 35 years old, who is the ring leader of the notorious gang, Shuaibu Rabo 25 years was the second in command and Musa Muhammed aka Alhaji Lamido Tahara aged 45 years was the third in command, while Ibrahim Abdullahi aka Baba aged 30 years was the mastermind and facilitator of the crime.
Others are Yahaya Nuhu, 18 years old, the biker that conveyed the ring leader to carry out the heinous crime.
According to the Chairman, the 15 suspects will be formally handed over to the appropriate agency for further investigation and prosecution.