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Alex Badeh was a former Chief of Defence Staff in Nigeria who spent over three decades serving in the Nigerian Air Force. He was born in Vimtim, a town in the north-eastern state of Adamawa, Nigeria, on January 10, 1957. He led a successful career in the military and gained a reputation for his valor, bravery, and professionalism in the line of duty.
Early Life and Education
Alex Badeh was raised in a humble family, and his parents made sure he had access to basic education. He attended Vimtim Primary School before moving on to the Villanova Secondary School, Kuru, in present-day Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State. After completing his secondary education, he gained admission to the Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna, where he studied from 1977 to 1979. He then proceeded to the Air Force Flying Training School for his flying training, which saw him attain the rank of a pilot officer.
Alex Badeh started his military career in the Nigerian Air Force as a young pilot officer. He quickly rose through the ranks and was promoted to the rank of a Group Captain in 1993, an Air Commodore in 2000, an Air Vice Marshal in 2008, and an Air Marshal in 2010. He contributed significantly to the Nigerian Air Force’s growth, particularly in the areas of logistics, training, and operations.
His military records include serving as Air Officer Commanding, Mobility Command, Air Officer Commanding, Training Command, and Director of Research and Development at the Defence Headquarters. He also served as the Chief of Air Staff from October 4, 2012, to January 16, 2014, before his appointment as the Chief of Defence Staff on January 16, 2014. He retired from service on July 13, 2015.
Alex Badeh was married to Mary Iya Badeh, and the union was blessed with children. He was a car enthusiast, and his garage had some of the most exotic automobiles, including a Rolls Royce, a BMW X6, a Mercedes Benz G Wagon, and a Range Rover. He also had a luxurious mansion in Maitama, Abuja.
Although there is no official account of Alex Badeh’s net worth, he was known to have owned many properties, including houses and cars, which made him very wealthy. Based on the exchange rates As of 2023, his estimated net worth in dollars, naira, Canadian dollars, Ghana cedi, Kenya shilling, South Africa rand, Uganda shilling, and India rupee are as follows:
|Canadian Dollar||CAD 12 million|
|Ghana Cedi||GHS 57 million|
|Kenya Shilling||KES 1.1 billion|
|South Africa Rand||ZAR 149 million|
|Uganda Shilling||UGX 37 billion|
|India Rupee||INR 740 crore|
Awards and Honours
Alex Badeh’s military career was filled with notable achievements, which earned him many awards and recognition both nationally and internationally. Some of his most notable awards include the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON), the Defence Service Medal (DSM), the General Service Medal (GSM), and the Distinguished Service Star (DSS).
Alex Badeh will be remembered as a dedicated military officer who gave his best in the service of his country. His legacy will live on, and his contributions to the Nigerian Air Force will always be remembered.