The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru has died in an air crash while on an official trip to Kaduna.
Attahiru died in a military Beachcraft 350 aircraft that crashed at Kaduna International Airport on Friday, claiming all eight souls onboard.
Blueprint learnt learnt that the ill-fated aircraft crashed at the airport’s runway about 6pm.
Confirming the incident in a WhatsApp post, Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria, Akin Olateru, said the eight souls died onboard.
“Beachcraft 350. 8 souls on board. Unfortunately all dead,” he wrote.
Also, Nigerian Air force spokesperson Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, confirmed that a crash involving its plane occurred in Kaduna but did not provide any details of those onboard.
“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,” Gabkwet said in a tweet.
General Attahiru with Army Number 8406 was appointed army chief by President Muhammadu Buhari in January 2021. He was born on August 10, 1966.
He is from Kaduna North Local Government Area of Kaduna state and a member of the Regular Course 35 of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA).
Before his appointment as the Chief of Army Staff, he was the General Officer Commanding 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu. He was also a former Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole.