Ibrahim Attahiru: Newly appointed Nigerian army chief, 10 others killed in tragic air crash

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru, was killed in a plane crash on Friday evening with military authorities ordering a probe into the incident.

A statement on Friday night by the Acting Director, Defence Information, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu, said the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, has directed that an accident and investigation board be constituted to unravel the immediate and remote cause(s) of the accident.

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The Nigerian Army, equally on Friday night, confirmed the death of its chief, General Attahiru, in a statement by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima.

The statement reads in part: “The sad event occurred following an air crash in Kaduna which also claimed the lives of 10 other officers, including the crew.

“The COAS was en route Kaduna from Abuja on Friday, 21 May, 2021 when the unfortunate incident happened.

“Details of the sad incident and burial arrangements will be communicated soon.”

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Army to bury General Attahiru Saturday at National Military Cemetery

The Burial proceedings of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Late Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru and 6 other senior officers who lost their lives in an air mishap in Kaduna is slated for today Saturday, 22 May 21.

A statement by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig General Mohammed Yerima said, “It will commence at the National Mosque and National Christian Centre, Abuja by 1000hrs respectively.

“Consequently, the internment for the late COAS and 6 other senior officers will take place at the National Military Cemetery, Abuja today by 1300hrs (1 pm).

Meanwhile, the Minister of Defence, Maj Gen Bashir Salihi Magashi has described as a rude shock and unfortunate, the death in a plane crash of the 21st Chief of Army Staff Lt General Ibrahim Attahiru barely four months in the saddle.

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