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FULL LIST: All the officers on board crashed military aircraft

… Defence Headquarters Orders Probe into Air Crash

FULL LIST: All the officers on board crashed military aircraft

May 21, 2021

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A list of officers who died in the military aircraft crash that occurred in Kaduna on Friday has been released.

The crash, which involved a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) aircraft, occurred on Friday evening near the Kaduna international airport.

Ibrahim Attahiru, chief of army staff, who was one of the victims, was said to be on his way to Kaduna to attend a passing-out parade for army recruits scheduled for Saturday.

The army had said all the 11 officers aboard the ill-fated aircraft died.Advertisement

Bashir Ahmad, personal assistant on new media to President Muhammadu Buhari, shared a list of deceased officers on Twitter.

They are:

Lt. Gen. I. Attahiru

Brig Gen. M.I. Abdulkadir

Brig. Gen. Olayinka

Brig. Gen. Kuliya

Maj. L.A. Hayat

Maj. Hamza

Sgt. Umar

The crew members of the aircraft are listed as follows:

Flt. Lt. T.O. Asaniyi

Flt. Lt. A.A. Olufade

Sgt. Adesina

ACM Oyedepo

In a statement by Samuel Aruwan, commissioner for internal security and home affairs, the Kaduna state government expressed shock over the death of the officers.

“The Kaduna State Government has received with immense sadness news of the death of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and other senior military officers in a plane crash which occurred in Kaduna on Friday evening,” Aruwan said.

“Governor Nasir El-Rufai said that Lt. Gen. Attahiru was a shining star whose sudden death has robbed Nigeria of an officer striving to bring new drive to secure the country against terrorists and other threats to national security.

“The governor said the news of General Attahiru’s death has left him deeply shaken, with a sense of great personal loss, coming so soon after his appointment had brought immense pride and a sense of hope to the people of Kaduna state.”

… Defence Headquarters Orders Probe into Air Crash

May 22, 2021 12:07 am 0

*Condoles with families of officers, restates commitment to war against insurgency

Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Friday night ordered a probe into the circumstances sorrounding the air crash that killed the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 officers and crew members.

A statement issued by the Director, Defence Information (DDI), Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu, said the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, ordered the constitution of an accident investigation board to probe the air mishap.

“The Chief of Defence Staff, (CDS) General Lucky Irabor, has therefore directed that an Accident Investigation Board be constituted to unravel the immediate and remote cause(s) of the unfortunate accident”, he said.

The statement reads: “It is with a heavy heart that the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) regrets to announce that this evening at about 1800 Hours, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru in company of his entourage, who were on official trip from Abuja to Kaduna, were involved in an air mishap.

“The unfortunate incident occurred after landing at the Kaduna International Airport due to inclement weather. The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Lucky Irabor has therefore directed that an Accident Investigation Board be constituted to unravel the immediate and remote cause(s) of the unfortunate accident”.

“As we pray for the repose of the souls of our gallant and committed Chief of Army Staff and other personnel on board with him, the AFN solicits the support and understanding of all Nigerians in the face of this tragic incident. We wish to state that the Armed Forces of Nigeria remains resolute in combatting the security challenges bedeviling our nation. The sacrifices of our dearly departed heroes will not be in vain”.

It said the CDS urged “all military personnel and their families to take heart and be condoled on this tragic loss. The CDS also reassures all Nigerians of the commitment and loyalty of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to the Constitution and Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as it continues to carry out its responsibilities”.

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