Military Confirms Death Of Army Chief, Attahiru And Ten Others In Air Mishap In Kaduna

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The Military High Command has confirmed the death of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, and ten others on board in an air mishap.

The Armed Forces said the unfortunate incident occurred after landing at the Kaduna International Airport due to inclement weather.

A statement signed by Acting Director Defence Information, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu added that the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Lucky Irabor has therefore directed that an Accident Investigation Board be constituted to unravel the immediate and remote cause(s) of the unfortunate accident.

The statement reads: “It is with a heavy heart that the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) regrets to announce that this evening at about 1800 hours, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru in the company of his entourage, who was on an official trip from Abuja to Kaduna, were involved in an air mishap.

The unfortunate incident occurred after landing at the Kaduna International Airport due to inclement weather. The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Lucky Irabor has therefore directed that an Accident Investigation Board be constituted to unravel the immediate and remote cause(s) of the unfortunate accident.

“As we pray for the repose of the souls of our gallant and committed Chief of Army Staff and other personnel on board with him, the AFN solicits the support and understanding of all Nigerians in the face of this tragic incident.

“We wish to state that the Armed Forces of Nigeria remains resolute in combatting the security challenges bedeviling our nation. The sacrifices of our dearly departed heroes will not be in vain.”

Nwachukwu said the CDS, however, urged all military personnel and their families to take heart and be condoled on this tragic loss. While reassuring all Nigerians of the commitment and loyalty of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to the Constitution and Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as it continues to carry out its responsibilities.