The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor has expressed sadness over the death of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru in company of his entourage, in a plane crash on official trip from Abuja to Kaduna.

In a statement by the acting Director Defence Information, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, the unfortunate incident occurred after landing at the Kaduna International Airport due to inclement weather.

The Chief of Defence Staff General Irabor has therefore directed that an Accident Investigation Board be constituted to unravel the immediate and remote cause(s) of the unfortunate accident.

General Irabor stated that the Armed Forces remained resolute in combatting the security challenges bedeviling the nation as the sacrifices of the departed heroes would not be in vain.

Meanwhile, the CDS urges all military personnel and their families to take heart and be condoled on this tragic loss.

The CDS also reassures 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.

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