Air mishap: CDS constitutes Accident Investigation Board


The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor has constituted an Accident Investigation Board to investigate the causes of the air mishap that led to the death of Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru and his entourage.

Late Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru

The sad event occurred at about 1800 Hours on the 21st of May 202. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru in company of his entourage, who were on official trip from Abuja to Kaduna, were involved in an air mishap. The unfortunate incident occurred after landing at the Kaduna International Airport due to inclement weather.

In a press release made available to this medium by the Acting Director of Defense Information, Brigadier Onyema Nwachukwu, the Acting DDI said that 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.

“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.”

General Irabor also condols members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria because of this tragic loss.

According to the DDI, ” The CDS urges all military personnel and their families to take heart and be condoled on this tragic loss.

The CDS also reassures all Nigerians of the commitment and loyalty of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to the Constitution and Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as it continues to carry out its responsibilities.

COAS and the air crew shortly before take off

COAS, Others to be Buried Today.

Meanwhile, the Burial proceedings of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Late Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru and 6 other senior officers who lost their lives in an air mishap in Kaduna has been slated for today Saturday, 22 May 21.

In a statement, Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima said it will commence at the National Mosque and National Christian Centre, Abuja by 1000hrs respectively.

Consequently, the interment for the late COAS and 6 other senior officers will take place at the National Military Cemetery, Abuja today by 1300hrs.


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