The Nigerian Army very early on Friday morning confirmed the murder of Major General Hassan Ahmed, the immediate past Provost Marshal who was killed on Thursday night by armed men known as bandits in Okene, Kogi State.
Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu said the incident happened when the top officer’s vehicle was “attacked by gunmen while transiting along Lokoja – Abuja”.
Nwachukwu disclosed that an Army delegation, led by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Major General Anthony Omozoje, has visited the widow and other members of the bereaved family.
Members of the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA), led by the Deputy National President, Stella Omozoje have also paid a condolence visit.
“The remains of the deceased senior officer will be accorded a befitting burial at the Lungi Barracks Cemetery on Friday, 16 July 2021 by 10 a.m.”, the statement added.
Nwachukwu conveyed the sympathies of the Chief of Army Staff, Faruk Yahaya, officers and men of the military arm.
Yahaya recently appointed Ahmed as a Director at the Army Headquarters in Abuja.
But a source close to the family said the ambush occurred close to the Abaji area of Abuja and not Okene as they had gone past Lokoja.
The aggressors kidnapped General Ahmed’s sister, Safina Ahmed (initially mistaken for the wife).
The siblings and the deceased’s driver, Sergeant Bukar were returning to the nation’s capital from Okene when they were attacked.
General Ahmed didn’t travel heavy as he made the trip without guards.