The Nigeria Army steals and assassinates; Boko Haram steals and assassinates. Gregory Copley, Defense & Foreign Affairs, Malcolm Hoenlein, @Conf_of_pres.

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Date 1900

Source New York Public Library [1] from British West Africa; its rise and progress, Facing page 209

Author Mockler-Ferryman, A. F. (Augustus Ferryman), 1856-1930

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The Nigeria Army steals and assassinates; Boko Haram steals and assassinates. Gregory Copley, Defense & Foreign Affairs, Malcolm Hoenlein, @Confofpres.

But then, on December 18, 2018, the level of desperation took yet another turn. Former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and onetime Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Chief Marshal (rtd.) Alex Badeh, 61, was shot dead while returning to his farm along the Abu-ja-Keffi Road. This time, however, it was not one of the commission members searching for the details of the corruption who was the target. It was one of the suspects. His driv-er was injured in the attack, and a friend kidnapped. ACM Badeh was facing prosecution for allegedly misappropriating N3.9-billion (some $10.7-million at official rates) while in office during the Goodluck Jonathan Administra-tion which had preceded the current Buhari Administration. On December 26, 2018, two “local highway bandits” were arrested and charged with the attack. Indeed, the abducted friend of the Air Chief Marshal was released a few days earlier after a ransom payment, believed to have been in the millions of naira. However, given the upsurge in momentum by “the highest levels of government” to stop the find-ings becoming public from the corruption commission on defense procurement, it is plausible that the attribution of a criminal “kidnapping-attempt-gone-wrong” against the Air Chief Marshal was a convenient excuse to ensure that the victim — Badeh — could not divulge in court the pattern and details of corruption which has grown even more rampant in the current generation of defense leadership.