The Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Ibrahim Attahiru has died with his aides and crew members in an air crash while on an official trip to Kaduna.
Attahiru and the aides were going to Kaduna, ostensibly to attend tomorrow’s passing out parade of soldiers from the Nigerian Army Depot in Zaria.
The aircraft, with registration number, 5N-R203 was billed to land at the Nigerian Airforce Base in Mando area.
But it was diverted to land at the Kaduna airport, amid heavy rainfall.
On landing, the plane exploded and burned, leaving occupants no chance to survive.
The aides were identified as:
BRIG GEN MI ABDULKADIR, BRIG GEN OLAYINKA, BRIG GEN KULIYA, MAJ LA HAYAT, MAJ HAMZA and SGT UMAR.
The crew members are FLT LT TO ASANIYI, FLT LT AA OLUFADE, SGT ADESINA.
and ACM OYEDEPO.
The Air Force has had several crashes in recent years.
In March, a fighter jet supporting ground troops fighting Boko Haram terrorists went missing in north-east Borno in March.
In February, seven Air Force officials crashed near Abuja.
They were heading to Minna, Niger state capital to assist in the banditry war in the state.
The Nigerian Army regrets to announce the passing away of its Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru. The sad event occurred following an air crash in Kaduna which also claimed the lives of 10 other officers including the crew.— Nigerian Army (@HQNigerianArmy) May 21, 2021