Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru Dies in Plane Crash

Nigeria's Chief of Army staff, General Ibrahim Attahiru, has died in a plane crash.

Daily Trust reports that details of the incident are still sketchy but a military source was quoted as telling the newspaper that the incident happened in Kaduna on Friday.

In a statement, the Nigerian Air Force confirmed that there was an accident involving one of its aircraft in Kaduna but did not go into details.

“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,” read the statement signed by Edward Gabkwet, the force’s Director of Public Relations and Information.

A source said there were eight persons on board the aircraft.

Attahiru was appointed Chief of Army Staff on January 26, 2021.