|Preceded by Adm. O. Ibrahim|
Name Alex Badeh
Preceded by AM. M.D. Umar
Role Armed force officer
|Succeeded by AVM. A.N. Amosu|
Rank Air chief marshal
Spouse(s) Mary Iyah Badeh
|Succeeded by Maj-Gen. A.G. Olonisakin|
Born January 10, 1957 (age 58) ViMtim, Adamawa State (1957-01-10)
Awards Forces Service Star Meritorious Service Star Distinguished Service Star
Battles and wars Conflict in the Niger Delta, Islamist insurgency in Nigeria
Similar People Kenneth Minimah, Adesola Nunayon Amosu, Azubuike Ihejirika, Sambo Dasuki, Aliyu Mohammed Gusau
Service/branch Nigerian Air Force
Newsline Pulling Out Parade For CDS Badeh
Alex Sabundu Badeh (born January 10, 1957) is a retired four star flag officer of the Nigerian Air force who served as the 18th Chief of Air Staff (October 4, 2012 – January 16, 2014) and the 15th Chief of Defence Staff of the armed forces of Nigeria (January 16, 2014 to July 13, 2015).
- Newsline Pulling Out Parade For CDS Badeh
- Early life and education
- Commander of Presidential Air Fleet PAF (2002 – 2004)
- Chief of Air Staff (October 2012 – April 2014)
- Chief of Defence Staff (April 2014 – July 2015)
- Legal issues
- Terrorist attack in Vimtim
- Retirement from the Nigerian Air Force
Early life and education
Badeh was born in Vimtim, a little town in Mubi Local Government Area of Adamawa State, North East Nigeria into a family of peasant farmers. He attended Vimtim Primary School, Vimtim and went on to obtain his school certificate from Villanova Secondary School in 1976 before proceeding to the Nigerian Defence Academy
Alex Badeh was admitted into the Nigerian Defence Academy as a member of the 21 Regular Course on 3 January 1977, and was
commissioned Pilot Officer on 3 July 1979. He commenced his flying career at the 301 Flying Training School on the Bulldog Primary Trainer aircraft in 1979. Between 1981 and 1982 he attended the Undergraduate Pilot Training at Vance Air Force Base in the United States Air Force. He was at the 301 Flying Training School (FTS) as a squadron pilot and later became an instructor pilot on the Bull Dog and DO-228 aircraft.
He attended the junior staff course at Armed Forces Command and Staff College in 1988. Between 1995 and 1996 he attended the senior staff course at same institution. In 2005 he was at the National War College Nigeria as a member of Course 14 and graduated in August 2006. The Air Marshal holds an M.Sc. degree in Strategic Studies from the University of Ibadan.
Air Marshal Badeh was promoted Air Vice Marshal on 3 January 2008. Between 2008 and 2009, he was a Directing Staff at the National Defence College, Abuja, Nigeria and subsequently became the Director National Military Strategy at the same college. Thereafter, he moved to Defence Headquarters as Deputy Director Training and later became the Director of Research at the Defence Headquarters. From October 2010 to March 2012, Air Marshal Badeh moved to Headquarters, Nigerian Air Force as Chief of Policy and Plans. Subsequently, in March 2012, he was appointed Air Officer Commanding Training Command, Kaduna. On 4 October 2012. He attended Safety International Institute at Teterboro in New York for a course in Simulator Recurrence, which deepened his knowledge on Air Safety Operations.
Commander of Presidential Air Fleet PAF (2002 – 2004)
Alex Badeh was Commander of the Presidential Fleet, during the Olusegun Obasanjo's presidency. The Presidential Fleet Crew flew around the world frequently and by 2002, Badeh logged over 6000 flying hours shuttling VIPs, dignitaries, top government officials and Heads of State. He was given the green light to fly former United States Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter on different occasions after extensive check was done by the United States Secret Service. Badeh’s professional dexterity on duty earned him commendation and an autographed pen from Koffi Anan and the then UN Secretary after flying him to an official trip.
Chief of Air Staff (October 2012 – April 2014)
As Chief of Air Staff Badeh initiated Optimizing Local Engineering (OLE 1 and 2) to focus on developing indigenous Unarmed Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and other weapon systems. The OLE teams consisted of Nigerian Air Force officers with PhDs and master's degrees in various fields of aerospace design, avionic and armament specializations from the Cranfield University in the UK.
OLE 1 and 2 resulted in the production of the AMEBO project (aka GULMA 1 UAV) which allowed the Air Force survey and carry out attacks remotely without putting the lives of pilots at risk and this was the 1st locally produced drone in Nigeria. Badeh ensured UAV pilots were trained locally to promote local content and save the nation huge resources that would have been spent conducting same training abroad. The Nigerian trained UAV pilots have been resourceful in the ongoing war against terror in the North East of Nigeria.
He encouraged aggressive R &D programs in all NAF units, which led to the first NAF R&D exhibition in Abuja drawing participants from Nigerian universities and research institutes. NAF subsequently signed MOUs with some of the institutions to offer impetus to NAF’s R&D efforts. Some of the
universities are University of Benin, University of Ibadan, University of Lagos, Covenant University, Ota; Federal University of Technology, Minna; Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Yaba College of Technology. The research institutes are the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, National Space Development Research Agency and the Defence Industries Corporation.
His sustained R&D programs ushered new methods of tackling maintenance issues one of which is the successful completion of the first in-country Periodic Depot Maintenance (PDM) on the C-130H aircraft NAF913 and similar exercises for on the 2xG-222 aircraft in Lagos. His period as Chief of Air Staff also witnessed the local design and production of the hydraulic diaphragm of the Mi-35P attack helicopter while the EOS camera on board the Agusta 109 LUH helicopter was repaired and successfully re-installed.
While serving as Chief of Air Staff, Badeh initiated and completed some key projects including the NAF hangar in Yola Airport, link roads from the hangar to the runway, weapons storage facility, crew room for pilots and technicians, accommodation for officers and men, Air Force comprehensive school, Yola, development of infrastructure at 75 Strike Group Yola, air craft shelters, worship centers, 80 room student hostel at the Air Force Institute of Technology Kaduna and other notable projects.
During the period the Air Force launched a partnership with Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to curtail illegal maritime activities by providing aerial security support for the agency an operation that was hugely successful. Badeh also partnered with the Nigerian Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to supply relief materials, free medical services and evacuations missions in some cases As Chief of Air Staff Alex Badeh ensured all personnel who had kids in the Air Force primary and secondary schools got free tuition.
Chief of Defence Staff (April 2014 – July 2015)
Badeh initiated and constructed the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) extension complex fitted with a befitting joint operations room, conference hall, the office spaces, Penthouse to receive guests. During the military operations against terror in North Eastern Nigeria, there was a need to feed the public with accurate and timely news therefore Badeh established the Armed Forces Radio broadcasting form Mogadishu Cantonment broadcasting on 107.7 FM to tackle the challenge of negative media coverage against the Nigerian Military The radio station enabled military to tell its side of events, over security orientation and information.
Other projects completed by Alex Badeh as Chief of Defence Staff includes the Armed Forces DNA Laboratory, which has allowed for easy identification of casualties of war, the Defence Space Agency, commissioning of 30 Gun Boats in the Niger Delta region amongst others.
In February 2016 Alex Badeh was accused of financial misappropriation by the EFCC during his tenure as service chief. Badeh has denied involvement in any misconduct.
Terrorist attack in Vimtim
In October 2014 Boko Haram fighters briefly occupied Vimtim the hometown of Alex Badeh killing lives and destroying properties. His cousin who lived next door to his house was killed during the attack. The terrorist also torched down Badehs house and the hospital he built for the community. It was widely reported in the media that the Defence Chief sent a helicopter to evacuate his parents before the attack even though records show that he actually lost his father in the 70’s and his mother in 2013.
Retirement from the Nigerian Air Force
Air Chief Marshal Alex retired in July 2015. In line with Military tradition a Pulling-Out parade was held at the Mogadishu cantonment Abuja where Air Chief Marshal Badeh gave his valedictory speech before proceeding to his home state.