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.”