Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru dies in plane crash at 54, four months in office.

Burnt to death with wife and ten others.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru who became Head of the Nigerian Army Friday at age 54 died in a military plane belonging to Nigerian Air Force (NAF) which crashed around the Kaduna International Airport.

Attahiru was appointed on January 26.

Patmos Media Line exclusively gathered that Mrs. Attahiru was also on flight with her husband. Mrs. Fati Attahiru until her death was the National President, Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives.



The plane, which crashed around 6pm on Friday, according to a source, exploded and got burnt completely while there was a heavy rain in Kaduna.

All the crew members and passengers numbering 12 died in the crash in which Patmos Media Line was hinted that the Pilot lost control of the aircraft due to sudden change of weather before the evening rain in Kaduna.

The aircraft crashed at a runway of the Kaduna international airport with 12 people on board, including top military officers and crew members.

It could not be ascertained the list of passengers in the aircraft but sources said they were top military officers who flew from Abuja and were all burnt to death.

The Nigerian Air Force confirmed the incident via a statement issued shortly after the crash.

NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, said the incident occurred near the Kaduna International Airport.

An air crash involving a @NigAirForce aircraft occurred this evening near the Kaduna International Airport. The immediate cause of the crash is still being ascertained. More details to follow soon.

Edward Gabkwet Air Commodore Director of Public Relations and Information 21/5/21 pic.twitter.com/N01V2M6qUc

— Nigerian Air Force (@NigAirForce) May 21, 2021

“An air crash involving a @NigAirForce aircraft occurred this evening near the Kaduna International Airport. The immediate cause of the crash is still being ascertained. More details to follow soon,” he said.

The incident was said to have occurred at about 6 pm while it was raining heavily.

The officers apparently were on their way to Kaduna State ahead of tomorrow’s passing out parade of soldiers from the Nigerian Army Depot in Zaria.

When Patmos Media Line also tried to get across to the Army Public Relations Directorate, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Yerima his phone was not available.

Patmos Media Line learnt that the news crippled activities at the Presidency when they were briefed at about 1930 hours of Friday.

Competent sources said the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhamadu Buhari being a former General in the Army and with an eye on the late Army Chief to resolve the insecurity load on the country was in great distress and could only say “ALLAH AKBAR”.



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