Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, is reported to have died in a military aircraft that crashed in Kaduna State on Friday, May 21, 2021.
The crash happened near the Kaduna International Airport on Friday evening, according to a brief statement by the Nigerian Air Force.
“The immediate cause of the crash is still being ascertained,” NAF spokesperson, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, said.
Gabkwet didn’t make any reference to the high profile fatality, but numerous media reports indicate Attahiru was on board with his aides when the plane crashed.
Attahiru was appointed the top Army chief in January after the president Muhammadu Buhari retired Tukur Buratai.
He had made numerous promises to improve the military’s effectiveness, especially in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast region.