Gunmen have killed a Major General of the Nigerian Army, Hassan Ahmed, and abducted his wife in an attack in Abuja.
Ahmed, who was recently appointed a Director at the Army Headquarters, was shot dead in Abaji area of the Federal Capital Territory on Thursday night.
According to a family member, the couple were returning to their hometown in Okene, Kogi State, when they ran into an ambush by the assailants who opened fire on them.
Family sources said the wife was abducted after the attack, though news around her are still sketchy.
In a statement by Army spokesman, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, who confirmed the incident, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Farouk Yahaya, has already sent a delegation to condole with the victim’s family.
Nwachukwu stated that members of the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA) led by the Deputy National President, Stella Omozoje, have also visited the family to condole with them.
”With a heavy heart, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya, Officers and Soldiers of the Nigerian Army regret to announce the passing on of Maj.-Gen. Hassan Ahmed, a former Provost Marshall of the Nigerian Army.
”The sad incident occurred when the senior officer’s vehicle was attacked by gunmen while transiting along Lokoja-Abuja road yesterday, 15 July, 2021.
”A delegation from the Army Headquarters led by the Chief of Policy and Plans (Army) Maj.-Gen. Anthony Omozoje, has visited the widow and other members of the bereaved family.
”Members of the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA) led by the Deputy National President, Mrs Stella Omozoje have also visited the family to condole with them,” he said.
The statement adds that the remains of the late senior officer will be buried at the Lungi Barracks Cemetery, Abuja by 10am on Friday.
Join the conversation
SPECIAL REPORT: Displaced residents of Zamfara battle hunger, as underfunding derails Nigeria’s nutrition goals
On paper, Muhammad Zayyanu is seven years old. The quiet boy who looks shorter for his age could not recollect...
INVESTIGATION: N7.3bn paid for unnamed projects; how Nigerian govt spent N2.2trn in six months
Analysing nearly 3,000 payments made by various Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) over the previous six months (January...
INVESTIGATION… Delay rocks Nigerian govt’s promise of N30,000 covid-19 relief for artisans, others
Before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in February, 2020, Chukwudi Okoroigwe’s daily earnings as a bus driver was hardly enough to cater to the...
INVESTIGATION… Ten years after, communities count losses as AfDB, Cross River govt abandon road project
Ten years after the Cross River State government and African Development Bank (AFDB) jointly awarded the Yahe-Wanokom-Wanikade-Benue border road for...
INVESTIGATION….N.3bn down the drain: Why water projects for Enugu communities don’t work
In this concluding part, ARINZE CHIJIOKE talks about some of the projects that are serving the people and how various WASH programmes have failed to tackle...