Army Mourns As Former COAS Chris Alli Dies

Major General Alli, a highly respected senior officer, succumbed to a brief illness on Sunday at a military hospital in Lagos.

Photo of Late Chris Alli who died on Sunday.


Following the passing of former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Mohammed Chris Alli (Rtd); the COAS, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, has sent his condolences on behalf of the Nigerian Army (NA). 

His condolences were conveyed in a statement by Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, the Director of Army Public Relations.

“The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja has expressed heartfelt condolences on behalf of the Nigerian Army (NA), on the passing of former COAS, Major General Mohammed Chris Alli (Rtd),” it said.

“The former Army Chief succumbed to a brief illness in the early hours of today, Sunday 19 November 2023 at the Military Hospital, Lagos.”

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The statement highlighted Major General Alli’s unwavering commitment and zeal to duty, evident in his rise to key appointments within the Nigerian Army. His illustrious military career culminated in his appointment as the 9th Chief of Army Staff in November 1993, a position he held until he retired from active service in August 1994.

“Born on December 25, 1944, in Koton Karfe, Kogi State, General Chris Alli’s journey in the Nigerian Army commenced on October 20, 1967, as a member of the Emergency Short Service Combatant Course,” the statement read.

“He served diligently in various capacities, including staff, instructional, and command roles, and also held the position of Military Administrator of Plateau State at one point.”