Breaking: Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, others die in plane crash

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Ibrahim Attahiru, has died in an plane crash with some of his aides.

The Nation reports that Military source said Gen. Attahiru was on a trip to Kaduna.

Efforts were on to locate the wreckage of the plane and evacuate remains of the victims.

His mission to Kaduna was said to be “official.”

UPDATE ON PLANE CRASH

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru and his crew members have died in a plane crash involving a Nigerian Air Force aircraft.

The couple and six other military officers 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.

The Director public relations and information, Nigerian Air Force, 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 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.

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

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

The wife seem not to be among.

COAS ENTOURAGE

1. LT GEN I ATTAHIRU.
2. BRIG GEN MI ABDULKADIR.
3. BRIG GEN OLAYINKA.
4. BRIG GEN KULIYA.
5. MAJ LA HAYAT.
6. MAJ HAMZA.
7. SGT UMAR.

CREW
8. FLT LT TO ASANIYI.
9. FLT LT AA OLUFADE.
10. SGT ADESINA.
11. ACM OYEDEPO.