Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, the Chief of Army Staff, and his wife, Fati, were killed in a plane crash involving a Nigerian Air Force plane.
The pair, along with six other military officers, were killed near Kaduna airport, where the Chief of Army Staff was scheduled to commission a project in one of Kaduna State’s military formations.
Commodore Edward Gabkwet, the Nigerian Air Force’s Director of Public Relations and Intelligence, confirmed the crash in a brief statement.
He claimed that a Nigerian Air Force plane had crashed, but he did not disclose the identities of those on board.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, was reportedly on board the plane with his wife and other senior military officers.
“An air crash involving a @NigAirForce aircraft occurred near Kaduna International Airport this evening.
“The crash’s immediate cause is still being investigated. More information will be released shortly, according to a NAF spokesperson.
Major General Ibrahim Attahiru was born on August 10, 1966, in Kaduna State’s Kaduna North Local Government Area.
He was a part of the Nigerian Defence Academy’s Regular Course 35.
He was the General Officer Commanding 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu, prior to his appointment as Chief of Army Staff.
He also served as the Theatre Commander for Operation Lafiya Dole.