Bandits on Thursday night killed the immediate past Provost Marshal of the Nigerian Army, Major General Hassan Ahmed in the Abaji area of the Federal Capital Territory.
Maj. Gen. Ahmed and his wife were coming from Okene when the assailants attacked them and also kidnapped his wife.
“They opened fire on his vehicle, he died. The driver pretended to be dead from the wound he sustained, so they took the wife away”, the family source said.
Until his death, Ahmed, army number N/9698 was a Director at the Army Headquarters in Abuja.
The military authorities were yet to speak on Ahmed’s death.
It was not clear whether as a serving Military General he did not have the paraphernalia of the security apparatus of his status as even his Aide de Camp (ADC) was not mentioned in the report of the attack. Patmos Media Line found out he was listed no 48 among the officers promoted on Saturday 9th November 2019he as a Major General, scanty records were found of him within the space of his death but on 9th January 2021 Maj. Gen. Ahmed was maintained as Provost Marshal under the then COAS Buratai.
He was one of the 114 officers redeployed on July 4 under the present COAS.
Speculations are rife that the Bandits did not know who they killed because he was said to have been in mufti that means in his personal dress and not in uniform when he was attacked.
The Bandits have not yet made a demand of a ransom but military watchers speculate on social media as at 0115 hours of Friday morning that military officers will be drafted to the Okene forest to fish out the bandits.
One of the contributors said nowhere in Nigerian military history is an officer attacked, wounded or killed that the military will not bring them down. He speculated that this might turn out to be the straw that will break the back of the bandits.
- Eniola Olatunji.