Shuaibu Rabi, one of the suspects arrested in connection with the killing of Alex Badeh, an ex-Air Force chief, has explained how he and his gang murdered him.
Rabi, who spoke Hausa, told the police that their intention had been to rob him but things had spiralled out of control during the operation.
The 25-year-old explained that his elder brother’s friend, Churuma, had informed him that Badeh was going to buy a parcel of land in Nasarawa State and was going to pay in cash.
“What happened was that, on a certain day, my elder brother went to a market, where he met with one Churuma. Churuma told him that he got information that an old soldier (Badeh) wanted to buy a parcel of land but would be buying the land in cash.
“He said we would trail the soldier on that day and we would block him and collect the money. So, on that day, when we saw him coming, Churuma signalled to us that it was him. Some of us stayed behind his vehicle in case he would want to reverse while Churuma stayed in front.
“But when he (Badeh) saw Churuma with a gun, he did not do like he wanted to reverse, he attempted to hit Churuma with his car but Churuma dodged to the side and then opened fire on him,” he said.
“After that, we opened the car and found a bag of money and went with it. When they opened the bag, the money was beyond what I had ever seen before.”
Badeh was killed on 18 December, 2018 while returning from his farm between Koso and Kugwaru communities. The police have arrested five suspects in connection with the crime.