Reports filtering in say the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Atahiru has died in an air crash involving a training aircraft belonging to the Nigerian Air Force.
The crash that claimed the life of the COAS was said to have occurred on Friday evening at about 6pm at the Kaduna International Airport in Kaduna state.
The Nigerian Air Force confirmed the incident in a statement issued shortly after the crash.
According to the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, said the incident occurred near the Kaduna International Airport.
“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,” he said.
Reports also has it that Atahiru and other officers on board were on their way to Kaduna State ahead of tomorrow’s passing out parade of soldiers from the Nigerian Army Depot in Zaria.