Funeral rites for late Army Chief, others begin in Abuja

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The remains of the late Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 who died in the NAF aircraft that crashed at the Kaduna International Airport on Friday have arrived in Abuja.

They were received at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja about 11am.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that while the remains of the late Army Chief and five others were taken to National Mosque, five others were taken to Nigeria Air Force Protestant Church for funeral services.

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Those taken to the mosque with Attahiru are his Chief of Staff, Brig.-Gen. Idris Abdulkadir, Chief of Military Intelligence, Brig.-Gen. Abdulrahman Kuliya and Aide De camp to COAS, Maj. L.A Hayat.

Others are the Finance Officer, Maj. A. Hamza and the Orderly to COAS, Sgt. Saidu Umar.

While the remains of the Provost Marshal (Army), Brig.-Gen. O.L Olayinka and crew members, Flt.-Lt. T.O Osaniyi, Flt.-Lt. A.A Olufade, Sgt. Adesina and ACM Oyedepo were taken to the church for funeral.

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All the bodies will be moved to the Military Cemetery along Airport road for interment after the funeral services at the mosque and church.

NAN also reports that officers and soldiers as well as families and well-wishers are awaiting the funeral.

(input from Pulse Nigeria)

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