A suspect who was arrested alongside others over the murder of ex-Chief of Defence Staff, disclosed that he got N25,000 after killing Air Vice Marshal Alex Badeh.
Recall that the ex-Chief of Defence Staff was killed on December 18, 2018, along Abuja-Keffi Expressway by some gunmen on the way from his farm. His driver and friend however survived the incident.
The suspect from Bade area of Kaduna State who told newsmen that he got N25,000 from the money they stole from the car after killing Badeh, said the former Military boss wanted to use the money to buy farmland in the Panda area of Nasarawa State.
However the family of the deceased dismissed the claim, as they disclosed he never discussed any such intention with them. Rabi who confessed to the crime, was arrested alongside four others – Yahaha, Maube, Aliyu Usman, aka Ciroma, and Ibrahim Abdulahi – by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team.
According to the suspect who disclosed that he was armed with a Dane gun while other four members wielded Ak-47, Maube invited him for the operation. He told Punch’s correspondent;
“Before last Christmas, I went to the market in Panda and I met with Ciroma. He told me that there was a big man who has a farm in Panda and that the man was coming to buy another farm within the area. He said he wanted us to rob the man when he brought the money for payment. That was on a Friday.
“Ciroma told me that the man was coming on a Tuesday to pay for the land. On that Tuesday, I went to my own farm and told a friend about it. We called Ciroma to know if ‘the job’ was still feasible and he asked us to come. We left together with another friend called Baso to meet Ciroma on a farm. He gave me a Dane gun. He also gave guns to some other members of the gang.
“When the operation started, Ciroma and the other members were in front of me and my friend. When we sighted the vehicle carrying the man, we started shooting. At that point, I can’t tell who killed the man. Ciroma brought out a bag from the vehicle and he gave me N25,000. He promised to give me more money later.”
Ciroma, who has eight children, said the attack was masterminded by Maube, who was allegedly aware of the purported farmland the slain former CDS wanted to buy, as well as the arrangement for the payment.
“Maube lives in Kare, close to Panda area. He told me that there was a rich man (Badeh) who has a farm in his area and he would need some guys to rob the man. I contacted Shuaibu (Rabi), whom I met in Gitata Market and told him about the plan and he got interested. Three days later, Maube called me and said that the man was on his farm and that I should call my guys.
“I called Shuaibu and told him that the man was around. Shuiabu came with two persons, Yahaya and Baso, to meet me at the market. Alhaji Maube then called me and said that the man had left his farm and was driving through Panda Road. Alhaji Maube took a motorcycle and followed the rich man from behind while six others and I laid in ambush for the man at Zomgo area (of Nasarawa State).
“One Ibrahim Abdulahi, who was carrying Alhaji Maube, on a motorcycle, brought two guns to us. As soon as the vehicle he was in appeared, Abdullahi pointed it out to us and we came out from hiding and started shooting. I don’t know who fired the shot that killed the man” he said.
He further disclosed that they found a bag containing money, which they gave to Abdullahi for onward delivery to Maube, who did not come to the scene of the attack. According to him, he was waiting for passengers at Panda market when a bus conveying policemen blocked his car.
“I am a cab driver and I usually ply Abuja-Keffi Road. I make N4,000 daily. I thought the operation would fetch me more money. I have two wives and eight children,” he added.
26-year-old Abudullahi who claimed he did not know about the robbery until the gang struck, said he did not know the contents of the bag Maube asked him to deliver to the gang.
“I am a farmer and I ride a motorcycle because I need extra money to fend for my family. Alhaji called me on a Tuesday in December 2018, and he asked me to take him to Panda area. We stopped by at his shop and he went in to bring a bag. I don’t know what was in the bag. He then asked me to take the bag to Gitata and hand it over to Ciroma.
“Ciroma and Shuiabu collected the bag from me, after which they asked me to wait around. I went to the back of a farm and waited. A few minutes later, I heard gunshots and Ciroma called me to come for the bag I had given him. He also gave me another bag containing money and he asked me to give the bag to Alhaji Muabe.”