The Nigerian Air Force jet disaster, which killed the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Attahiru Ibrahim, and ten other officers, was caused by adverse weather, according to the Defence Headquarters in Abuja.
However, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Lucky Irabor, has requested an investigation into the event, according to a statement released by the DHQ on Friday night.
In a statement, the Director of Defence Information, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, stated, “It is with a heavy heart that the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) regrets to announce that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, and his entourage, who were on an official trip from Abuja to Kaduna, were involved in an air incident this evening at around 1800 Hours.”
“The unfortunate incident occurred after landing 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.
“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 bedevilling our nation. The sacrifices of our dearly departed heroes will not be in vain.”
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