The Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) has also announced the death of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru who died in an Air crash in company of his entourage, who were on official trip from Abuja to Kaduna.
Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, Acting Director Defence Information in a statement on Friday night, said the unfortunate incident occurred after the aircraft landed at the Kaduna International Airport due to inclement weather.
“The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Lucky Irabor has therefore directed that an Accident Investigation Board be constituted to unravel the immediate and remote cause(s) of the unfortunate accident,” the statement added.
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The Armed Forces also prayed for the departed souls, adding that the onerous task of defending the nation remains their goal.
“As we pray for the repose of the souls of our gallant and committed Chief of Army Staff and other personnel on board with him, the AFN solicits the support and understanding of all Nigerians in the face of this tragic incident.
“We wish to state that the Armed Forces of Nigeria remains resolute in combatting the security challenges bedeviling our nation. The sacrifices of our dearly departed heroes will not be in vain,” the statement noted.
Meanwhile, CDS Irabor has urged all military personnel and their families to take heart and be condoled on this tragic loss.
Irabor also reassured all Nigerians of the commitment and loyalty of the Armed of Nigeria to the Constitution and Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as it continues to carry out its responsibilities.