Just in: Chief of Army Staff, Attahiru, wife, others perish in military plane crash

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The newly appointed Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru and his wife, Fati, have reportedly died in a plane crash involving a Nigerian Air Force aircraft.

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The couple and six other military officers, including crew members, died near Kaduna Airport where the Chief of Army Staff was billed to commission a project in one of the military formations in Kaduna State.

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The Nigerian Air Force Director, Public Relations and Information, Commodore Edward Gabkwet, confirmed the crash in a terse statement.

He said there was an air crash involving a Nigerian Air Force plane but did not reveal identities of those on board.

However, it was gathered the newly appointed Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, was on board the aircraft with his wife and some other senior military officers.

Gabkwet said: “An air crash involving a @NigAirForce aircraft occurred this evening near the Kaduna International Airport.

“The immediate cause of the crash is still being ascertained. More details to follow soon,” the NAF spokesman tweeted.

The ill-fated aircraft was said to have crashed following a sudden change of weather that heralded a heavy downpour in Kaduna and burst into uncontrollable inferno leading to the death of all on board.

Also confirming the incident, the Commissioner/CEO, Accident Investigation Bureau, Akin, Olateru, wrote in a WhatsApp note, “Beachcraft 350.  8 souls on board. Unfortunately, all dead.

Born on August 10, 1966, Lt General Ibrahim Attahiru hailed from Kaduna North Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

He was a member of the Regular Course 35 of the Nigerian Defence Academy.

Before his appointment as the Chief of Army Staff, he was the General Officer Commanding 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu.

He was also a former Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole./ SHARE THIS

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