The death of the Chief of Army Staff Ibrahim Attahiru has been announced after an ill-fated Nigeria Airforce plane crashed at the Kaduna International airport at about 6:00 pm today while on an official visit to Kaduna.
It came as a rude shock to many after the information was made public by the Nigerian Air Force Director of Information Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet on Friday, a military Beachcraft 350 carrying him crashed at Kaduna International Airport, killing all passengers.
The statement reads; “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,” signed by Edward Gabkwet, the force’s Director of Public Relations and Information.
According to an anonymous source, there about eight persons on board the ill-fated plane
Recall President Muhammadu Buhari named Ibrahim Attahiru as one of the Service Chiefs in January 2021 and was subsequently announced the Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, the position he held until the ill-fated airline crash.
Attahiru was appointed Chief of Army Staff on January 26, 2021.
Ibrahim Attahiru was born on 10th August 1966 in Doka, Kaduna North Local Government Area, Kaduna State, he graduated from the Nigerian Defence Academy.
He commenced cadets training in January 1984 and was commissioned into the rank of Second Lieutenant in December 1986 as an Infantry Officer. He holds a Masters degree in Strategic Management and Policy Studies from the Nigerian Defence Academy.
General Attahiru has held several appointments on the staff, instructional and in command during his military career. He had a tour of duty with the United Nations in Sierra leone as a Military Observer, where he facilitated United Kingdom military engagement, Operation BARASS in September 2000.
He was an Operation Officer and later Company Commander in NIBATT 19 ECOMOG Operations in Liberia. Also, he had the unique privilege of having commanded with distinction all through the chain of command in the Nigerian Army.
Prominent among these appointments are Commanding Officer 146 Battalion Nigerian Army (Operation HARMONY IV) in the Bakassi Peninsula, Commander 13 Brigade Nigerian Army (Operation PULO SHIELD), General Officer Commanding 82 Division Nigerian Army. He was one time Theatre Commander Operation LAFIYA DOLE.
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