Nigeria’s newly appointed Chief of Army Staff, General Ibrahim Attahiru, died in a plane crash with ten other personnel on Friday, May 21st 2021.
The air force jet crashed en route to Kaduna. This is the third air force jet that has crashed within the space of six months, calling the Nigerian safety and maintenance abilities into question.
- LT GEN I ATTAHIRU (Chief of Army Staff)
- BRIG GEN MI ABDULKADIR
- BRIG GEN OLAYINKA
- BRIG GEN KULIYA
- MAJ LA HAYAT
- MAJ HAMZA
- SGT UMAR
- FLT LT TO ASANIYI
- FLT LT AA OLUFADE
- SGT ADESINA
- ACM OYEDEPO
Meanwhile, the former Aviation Minister and opposition figure, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has reacted to the tragic news with sympathy while suspecting political motives behind the crash.
FFK, in a series of tweets called for an investigation into the matter asking if the incident was truly an accident or an ‘inside Job’.
He tweeted: “Lord have mercy! May the souls of Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru & all our other warriors that went down with him rest in peace. We DEMAND to know what really happened! Was it an accident or was the plane brought down? If it was brought down, who by? Was it BH or an inside job?”
“…If it was an accident what caused it? Weather, engine failure, pilot error? So many questions!”
“No cover-ups this time! We have a right to know the truth and to be told under what circumstances our COAS & his officers were killed. Accident Investigation Bureau over to you!”
Rumours have made the rounds that the current COAS had been investigating the unaccounted $1 billion funds assigned to his predeccessor, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, in the counterterrorism fight.
Nothing conclusive has been reported on that.
Here are the images of the seven military officers who died in the Beachcraft 350 aircraft alongside the Chief of Army Staff (COAS):
1. Brigadier General Olayinka
2. Brigadier General Abdulkabir
3. Brigadier General Abdulrahman Kuliya
4. Major Lawal Hayat
5. FLT LT Alfred Olufade
6. Major Hamza
7. FLT LT Taiwo
Attahiru occupied his position for barely four months as he assumed office in January 26 and died Friday May 21, 2021.
NEWS/PHOTO SOURCE: News Agencies