COAS Attahiru, 10 others buried in Abuja

By AdvocateNews on 22/05/2021

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 662


The remains of the late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru, and 10 other officers who died in a plane crash in Kaduna on Saturday were laid to rest at the National Military Cemetery, Abuja on Saturday.

The names of the other officers include Brigadier-General MI Abdulkadir, Brigadier-General Olayinka, Brigadier-General Kuliya, Major LA Hayat, Major Hamza and Sergeant Umar.

Others are Flight-Lieutenant TO Asaniyi, Flight-Lieutenant AA Olufade, Sergeant Adesina and ACM Oyedepo.

Their remains were moved from the 44 Nigerian Army Referral Hospital, Kaduna to the National Mosque and the Nigerian Air Force Protestant Church in Abuja for prayers.

The remains were later moved to the National Military Cemetary for the interment ceremony.

The burial ceremony started around 2.50 pm with a profile of the late COAS read.

A moment of silence was observed after which the fallen officers were honoured with a 21-gun salute.

Dignitaries at the event include Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; the Chief of Defence Staff, General Leo Irabor; the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao; Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, among others.

‘Inclement Weather’

Friday’s air crash was the third military air disaster this year.

An Air Force jet supporting ground troops fighting Boko Haram terrorists went missing in north-east Borno in March.

In February, seven officials died after a military plane crashed in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Attahiru was only appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari last January in a shakeup of the senior command to better fight surging violence and a more than decade-long jihadist insurgency.

But the president, who offered his condolences just hours after the crash in the northern state of Kaduna, did not attend the funeral, an absence widely criticised on social media.

Attahiru died as news emerged that Nigeria’s Boko Haram jihadist leader Abubakar Shekau had himself been seriously wounded or possibly killed after clashes with a rival Islamic State-allied faction.

The aircraft went down trying to land at the Kaduna International Airport “due to inclement weather”, the armed forces said.

Nigeria’s military has been battling an Islamist insurgency in the northeast since 2009, a conflict that has killed more than 40,000 and displaced around two million more.

Attahiru had once been in charge of leading the frontline offensive against Boko Haram’s commander Shekau in the northeast in 2017.

Local intelligence sources said Shekau had been seriously wounded Wednesday when rival jihadists attacked his stronghold in the northeastern state of Borno.

Sources said Shekau was wounded when he shot himself to try to evade capture by militants from the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP).

One intelligence source said Shekau had already died from his wounds in Nainawa village on Thursday, though that was not confirmed by authorities.

Neither ISWAP nor Boko Haram have reported Shekau dead, but analysts said his loss would be a huge blow to his faction and potentially allow ISWAP to consolidate territorial control in Nigeria’s northeast.

Posted 22/05/2021 8:06:15 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

You may also like...
Ex-governor Theodore Orji's son is Abia Speaker

Covid-19: The world has sinned, end time is...

INEC’s server: Tribunal didn’t turn down my request...

Bandits abduct Katsina lawmaker ‘s wife, two children...

: 10 dead as Lagos coronavirus cases pass...

Chidinma recants, says ‘I didn’t kill Super TV...

Alex Ekwueme dies in London hospital

World Bank’s fresh economic salvo – Punch

Tony Elumelu entrepreneurship programme gets $5m AfDB grant...

Nigeria's population explosion gives me sleepless nights —Obasanjo...

Anyim, Umahi fight takes new twist as Ekumankama...

Electoral Act: 52 senators for electronic transmission of...

 

Latest News Senate probes alleged secret withdrawal of N151.3bn from Federation Account Kanu orders dry fasting as October 21 trial approaches Tension in Ebonyi as Umahi seals off hotel hosting PDP temporal office ahead of congress Calabar explosion: It is routine exercise, no cause for panic — Army Anambra: IGP’s deployment of 34,000 officers, 3 helicopters is preparation for war not election Buhari congratulates newly elected NUJ Executives SEEDS OF DESTINY 15 OCTOBER 2021 —THE POWER TO GET WEALTH Ayu’s emergence as chair: North gets PDP’s nod to contest 2023 Presidency Banks get deadline on dead customers’ BVN Minister accuses former Nigerian president’s daughter of forging documents to claim land Kaduna residents lament suspension of firewood, charcoal for cooking FG declares Tuesday public holiday to mark Eidul-Mawlid

 

Most Read Ex-Heads of State will protect Jonathan from persecution —Kukah (187,204 views) Ugwuanyi commends FG’s siting of ICT University in Enugu (187,193 views) Fleeing ex-DG Imo Broadcasting Corporation who stabbed wife to death arrested (187,192 views) Sickle cell support group seeks government intervention (187,191 views) I’ve no Coronavirus, govt wants to kill me – Anambra Index case (187,191 views) Ebonyi bans embalming of corpses in homes (187,190 views) FG sends new directive to banks, schools as Buhari extends lockdown by four weeks (187,190 views) Full Text of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s 2016 Budget Speech (187,047 views) HUSHPUPPI: CRIMINALS HAVE NO TRIBE. THEY SHAME ALL OF US... (182,960 views) ASUU strike: Senate intervention ends in deadlock (182,359 views) All you need to know about Peter Obi, PDP VP Candidate (146,338 views) DEMOCRACY DAY: President Muhammadu Buhari’s full speech (144,730 views)

 

 

SECTIONS FAITH (157) EDITORIAL (18) NEWS (6,930) POLITICS (495) SOCIETY (131) SPORTS (53) BUSINESS (367) HEALTH (58) EDUCATION (49) INTERNATIONAL (177) ENTERTAINMENT (51) TECHNOLOGY (6) COLUMNISTS (57) LETTERS (4) OPINION (38)

 

 


There are no video entries posted yet.