MilitaryNigeria’s army chief and 10 others perished in plane crash

Nigeria’s army chief and 10 others perished in plane crash

The Aviator Africa Nigeria

Nigerian 54 years old Army Chief Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, 10 others including aides and crew perished in a plane crash on Friday evening.

The Nigerian Air Force plane crashed in the country’s North near Kaduna international Airport due to inclement weather according to the army officials.

However, the names of the 10 that died were not made know to the public.

In January, Chief of Army Staff Attahiru was only appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as part of a shake-up of the top military command to better fight surging violence, including the more than decade-long battle against the Boko Haram armed group.

In a statement, the president said the crash “was one mortal blow to our underbelly, at a time our armed forces are poised to end the security challenges facing the country”.

Among the people that confirmed the crash were, Nigerian President’s Personal Assistant Bashir Ahmad and Air Commodore Director of Public Relations and Information Edward Gabkwet that tweeted saying, “A crash involving a Nigerian Air Force 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 US diplomatic mission to Nigeria called Attahiru’s death “a tremendous loss to Nigeria” on Twitter, adding: “We join Nigerians in mourning the tragic loss of life from today’s plane crash.”

Attahiru died as reports emerged that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau had been seriously wounded or possibly killed after clashes with a rival faction.

Since 2009, Nigeria’s military has been battling Boko Haram in the Northeast. And the army chief had once been in charge of leading the front-line offensive against Shekau’s fighters in the northeast in 2017.

The crash on Friday is the third incident involving a Nigerian Air Force aircraft this year.

Joan Kifuko
Joan Kifuko is a communications enthusiast that is currently working as a writer at The Aviator magazine where you find your aviation news in one place. She is a journalist that has previously worked as a sales associate, guest relations officer, brand ambassador hence, the love for new adventures and roles. Joan graduated with a Bachelors degree of science in journalism.
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