The Defence Headquarters has revealed the cause of the Kaduna plane crash that killed the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Attahiru Ibrahim, but ordered further investigation.
Elanza News reports that 10 other officers who companied the late chief of army staff on the official trip from Abuja to Kaduna also died in the air mishap.
But a statement by the acting Director, Defence Information, Onyema Nwachukwu said that the chief of defence staff, General Lucky Irabor who is saddened by the unfortunate incident has urged Nigerians to remain calm.
“It is with a heavy heart that the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) regrets to announce that this evening at about 1800 Hours, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru in company of his entourage, who were on official trip from Abuja to Kaduna, were involved in an air mishap.
“The unfortunate incident occurred after landing at the Kaduna International Airport due to inclement weather,” the statement said of the remote cause of the crash.
“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 bedeviling our nation. The sacrifices of our dearly departed heroes will not be in vain,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, the CDS urges all military personnel and their families to gain courage and be condoled on the tragic loss.
“The CDS also reassures all Nigerians of the commitment and loyalty of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to the Constitution and Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as it continues to carry out its responsibilities,” the statement added.