Update: Attahiru says goodbye, Buhari, others mourn
More facts pertaining to the death of the nation’s Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru are gradually emerging.
It is now known that 11 persons, including the pilot and members of the crew were killed in the aircrash which occurred in Kaduna Friday evening.
According to information that is available at this time, the Army lost a General, three Brigadier Generals, two majors and a Sergeant who were on board the ill-fated plane.
Four crew members – two flight lieutenants, one Sergeant and an ACM drawn from the Air Force also died.
Those who were killed in the crash were General Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff, Brigadier General M.I Abdukadir, Brigadier General Olayinka, Brigadier General Kuliya, Major LA Hayat, Major Hamza and Sergeant Umar.
Also killed in the mishap were Flight Leuitenant T. O Asaniyip, Flight Leuitenant A. A Olufade, Sergeant Adesina and ACM Oyedepo.
Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru who recently took over from General Burutai is no more.
It is still not clear what caused the air mishap, which occurred close to the Kaduna International Airport.
An investigation to unravel the cause of the incident has been ordered by the Nigerian Air Force.
“An air crash involving a @NigAirForce aircraft occurred this evening (Friday) near the Kaduna International Airport.”, the Nigerian Air Force said in a statement.
“The immediate cause of the crash is still being ascertained” Edward Gabkwet, the force’s Director of Public Relations and Information noted.
Accidents involving crafts belonging to the Air Force have become more frequent of late.
Recall that another military plane on a surveillance mission had crashed not too long ago around the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari, the APC and the PDP have expressed their condolences over the death of the Chief of Army Staff.
The President described his untimely death as a great loss to the nation while the APC and PDP referred to Attahiru as a fine officer and gentlemen who had given the nation hope at a time his services were required.
Attahiru was the 21st Chief of Army Staff. He came on board in January,2021.
Many Nigerians are shocked by the news of his death. His passage came as the Nigerian authorities stepped up efforts to ascertain news of the death of the Leader of Boko Haram who reportedly blew himself after persons believed to be ISWAP fighters overran his base.
Already, some Nigerians have started peddling conspiracy theories while others are patiently waiting for the outcome of investigations.
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