President Muhammadu Buhari says he is deeply saddened over the air crash that claimed the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and other military officers.
Spokesperson to the president, Garba Shehu, in a statement on Friday, quoted the President as saying the crash “is one mortal blow to our underbelly, at a time our armed forces are poised to end the security challenges facing the country.”
He pledged that the death of the COAS and 7 others on board the ill fated flight would not be in vain.
A Nigerian Airforce plane carrying the Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru, and some military personnel crashed in Kaduna.
The accident occurred Friday evening near the Kaduna International Airport.
The B350 NGR 203 landed on RWY 05 and skidded off and burst into flames.
Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet wrote on Twitter that the immediate cause of the crash was still being ascertained, though reports blamed the incident on bad weather.
Lieutenant General Attahiru Ibrahim was born on the 10th of August 1966 and joined the military in 1984 and rose through the rank to become the 21st Chief of Army Staff of the Nigerian Army from 26 January this year till date.
Until his appointment as the Chief of Army Staff had Commanded Operation Lafiya Dole to reed Boko haram between May 2017 to December 2017.
Abdullahi Lamino, with additional report from Nosa Aituamen.