New COAS Maj. Gen Yahaya Assumes Office

Farouk Yahaya, a major general, replaces Ibrahim Attahiru, who died in a military plane crash on May 21.

 

 

The newly-appointed Chief of Army Staff Major General Farouk Yahaya has officially resumed duties.

He began his resumption by inspecting the Quarter Guard.

The new COAS succeeds Lieutenant Ibrahim Attahiru who died in a plane crash exactly one week ago in Kaduna state alongside other military officers.

Channels Television’s Sodiq Adelakun captured the event:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTOS: Tinubu, Akande, Others Visit Buhari Over Military Plane Crash

APC leaders from the South West pay a condolence visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Villa in Abuja on May 25, 2021.

 

Some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the South West on Tuesday paid a condolence visit to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The President received the leaders, who came to sympathise with him on the death of the late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, and other military officers, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

They included APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu; former interim National Chairman of the party, Bisi Akande; and former Governor of Ogun State, Olusegun Osoba.

Others were former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Alani Akinrinade, and former APC National Vice Chairman (South-West Zone), Pius Akinyelure.

Attahiru, who was appointed as the Chief of Army Staff in January, died in a plane crash in Kaduna on Friday last week alongside 10 other personnel of the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Air Force.

They included Brigadier-General MI Abdulkadir, Brigadier-General Olayinka, Brigadier-General Kuliya, Major LA Hayat, Major Hamza, Sergeant Umar, Flight-Lieutenant TO Asaniyi, Flight-Lieutenant AA Olufade, Sergeant Adesina, and ACM Oyedepo.

The remains of the late military personnel were later laid to rest amid tears on Saturday at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja.

In honour of the deceased, President Buhari directed that the national flag be flown at half-mast from Monday to Wednesday in all public buildings, facilities, and official residences across the country.

He had also approved Monday as a work-free day for members of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

Highlights of the visit by Tinubu and other APC leaders to the Villa are captured in the pictures below:

PHOTOS: Aisha Buhari Visits Attahiru’s Widow, Family

A photo released on May 23, 2021 shows Mrs Aisha Buhari on a condolence visit to the family of the late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru.

 

The First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has paid a condolence visit to the family of the late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru.

Mrs Buhari took to Twitter on Sunday to share photos of her visit to the deceased’s family on her verified handle.

She described the death of the late army chief and the other military officers aboard the aircraft as a monumental loss to their families and the nation at large.


See more photos of the visit below:


The remains of the late Attahiru and 10 other officers who died in the plane crash in Kaduna were laid to rest on Saturday at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja.

Other officers and who lost their lives included Brigadier-General MI Abdulkadir, Brigadier-General Olayinka, Brigadier-General Kuliya, Major LA Hayat, Major Hamza, and Sergeant Umar.

Flight-Lieutenant TO Asaniyi, Flight-Lieutenant AA Olufade, Sergeant Adesina, and ACM Oyedepo also died in the crash.

The late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers were buried on May 22, 2021 at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television
The late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru, and 10 other officers were buried on May 22, 2021, at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

 

Elsewhere, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that the national flag be flown at half-mast in all public buildings, facilities, and official residences across the country.

The directive, which was with effect from Monday to Wednesday, was announced in a statement by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha.

He explained that the presidential directive was to honour the memory and services of the late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, as well as the senior military officers and service members who died in a plane crash on Friday last week.

Mustapha added that the President has approved Monday as a work-free day for members of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

Buhari Directs National Flag To Fly At Half-Mast, Declares Monday Work-Free Day For Military Personnel

A file photo of the Nigerian flag.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that the national flag be flown at half-mast in all public buildings, facilities, and official residences across the country.

The directive is with effect from Monday to Wednesday, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, announced in a statement on Sunday.

He explained that the presidential directive was to honour the memory and services of the late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, as well as the senior military officers and service members who died in a plane crash on Friday last week.

Mustapha added that the President has approved Monday as a work-free day for members of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

The remains of the late Attahiru and 10 other officers who died in the plane crash in Kaduna were laid to rest on Saturday at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja.

The late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers were buried on May 22, 2021 at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television
The late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru, and 10 other officers were buried on May 22, 2021, at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

 

Other officers and who lost their lives included Brigadier-General MI Abdulkadir, Brigadier-General Olayinka, Brigadier-General Kuliya, Major LA Hayat, Major Hamza and Sergeant Umar.

Flight-Lieutenant TO Asaniyi, Flight-Lieutenant AA Olufade, Sergeant Adesina, and ACM Oyedepo also died in the crash

Elsewhere, President Buhari spoke with Mrs Fati Attahiru, the wife of the late Chief of Army Staff, on Sunday evening.

Details of his conversation are highlighted in the statement below signed by the President’s spokesman, Garba Shehu.

PRESIDENT BUHARI SPEAKS WITH FATI ATTAHIRU, PRAISES MILITARY’S EFFORTS TO FIGHT TERRORISM AND BANDITRY

President Muhammadu Buhari has described Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru, the late Chief of Army Staff as an outstanding soldier and an institution builder, who fought valiantly for Nigeria until he breathed his last.

In a telephone conversation Sunday evening with Mrs. Fati Ibrahim Attahiru, the wife of the late COAS and the spouses of the other deceased officers through her, President Buhari hailed the sacrifices of the military men who lost their lives and the Armed Forces in general, saying that Nigerians will continue to appreciate and support the fearlessness with which our courageous soldiers are confronting the threats facing the nation.

He gave the grieving spouses assurances that the nation will never forget the supreme sacrifice of their spouses, urging them to take solace in the surge of extraordinary feelings of emotions across regions, religions, and tribes all over the country in appreciation of their sacrifices.

The President who had earlier given directives to the Defense headquarters and the Ministry of Defence to do everything a government can do to provide comfort and ease the hardships of the families of the deceased prayed to Almighty God to repose their souls and grant their families the fortitude to bear the losses.

Mrs Attahiru, on behalf of the rest of the families, thanked the President for the love and care he has shown to them.

Garba Shehu

Senior Special Assistant to the President

(Media & Publicity)

May 23, 2021

Kaduna Crash: Reps Postpone Security Summit In Honour Of Attahiru, Others

A file photo of the House of representatives. Inset: Ex-Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru.

 

The House of Representatives has postponed the planned security summit scheduled to hold on Monday.

This was announced in a statement issued on Sunday by the Clerk of the House, Chinedu Akubueze, adding that the decision was in honour of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other military personnel who died in a plane crash in Kaduna on Friday.

Akubueze also expressed the House’s grief and sorrow of the families of the late top military officers, praying that the Almighty God will grant them eternal rest.

“This is to inform the general public that the House of Representatives has postponed its national security summit scheduled to hold from Monday, May 24, 2021, in honour of the late Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru, and 10 other military officers and men that died as a result of air mishap on Friday,” the statement partly read.

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“The security summit will now kick off on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. The House shares in the grief and sorrow of the families of the late top military officers and prayed that the Almighty God will grant them eternal rest.

It should be noted that the postponement became necessary as the late Army Chief was one of the major stakeholders that would have taken part in the summit. The House regrets any inconvenience the postponement may cause invited guests.”

Earlier, the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, mourned the late COAS, noting Attahiru had “shown a lot of commitment in tackling the security situation in the country”.

While describing Attahiru as “a core professional officer,” the Speaker said the Nigerian military, especially the Nigeria Army, had lost a dedicated and committed senior officer whose services to the fatherland will be sorely missed.

Gbajabiamila also “sent his condolences to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian military, and the Attahiru family over the loss. He prayed for the repose of the souls of Attahiru and the seven others.”

Governor Bello Mourns COAS, Says Ibrahim’s Death Is Shocking

A file photo of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru.
A file photo of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru.

 

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has mourned the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, describing his death as shocking.

Attahiru and seven top military officers were killed on Friday when a military Beechcraft 350 aircraft crashed at the Kaduna International Airport.

Reacting, Governor Bello described the death of the COAS as a “colossal loss to Nigeria particularly at such a time when the country was confronting numerous insecurity challenges in different parts of the country.”

According to a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Muhammed Onogwu, the governor said the ill-fated plane crash while on an official assignment to Kaduna.

While commiserating with the family, friends and associates of the late COAS, Bello described “Lt. General Attahiru as a hero who gave his all to the service of his fatherland and similarly died while attending to his duties.”

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He also extended his condolences to the families of the COAS’ aides and entourage who also lost their lives in the tragic incident.

Bello also commiserated with President Muhammadu Buhari over the loss of one of his service chiefs, stating that he would be dearly missed.

He also condoled with the Nigeria Army over the loss of the COAS and others who died alongside him while praying for the repose of their souls.

Attahiru was appointed Chief of Army Staff on January 26, 2021. Born on 10th August 1966 in Doka, Kaduna North Local Government Area, Kaduna State, he graduated from the Nigerian Defence Academy.

Kaduna Crash: Attahiru, Others Paid Ultimate Price For Peace, Security – Buhari

File photo of President Muhammadu Buhari decorating the Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru in January.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant Ibrahim Attahiru and other victims of the military plane crash in Kaduna, saying they paid the ultimate price for peace and security in Nigeria.

The late COAS was killed on Friday after a military Beachcraft 350 aircraft crashed at the Kaduna International Airport, claiming all eight souls on-board

President Buhari in a statement issued by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, said he is saddened over the loss of the army chief and other military officers.

He pledged that their death would not be in vain, condoling with the families of the deceased, the military, and Nigerians in general.

READ ALSO: Chief Of Army Staff, Others Die In Kaduna Plane Crash

The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari is deeply saddened over the air crash that claimed the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and other military officers.

“The President condoles with families of the deceased, the military, and Nigerians in general, describing them as “heroes who paid the ultimate price for peace and security in the land.”

“While praying that God receives the souls of the patriots, the President says the crash “is one mortal blow to our underbelly, at a time our armed forces are poised to end the security challenges facing the country. The President pledged that the departed would not die in vain.”

Military Aircraft Crashes In Kaduna, Chief Of Army Staff Believed To Be On Board

A file photo of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru.
A file photo of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru.

 

A military plane crashed in Kaduna State on Friday with the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, believed to be on board, along with several other officers.

The Nigerian Air Force confirmed the incident via a statement issued shortly after the crash, but did not reveal the identities of the affected military personnel.

But several media reports said Lieutenant General Attahiru, who was appointed Chief of Staff on January 26, died in the crash.

Air Force spokesperson, 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.

The incident was said to have occurred at about 6 pm while it was raining heavily.

The officers apparently were on their way to Kaduna State ahead of tomorrow’s passing out parade of soldiers from the Nigerian Army Depot in Zaria.

The aircraft, with registration number, 5N-R203 was billed to land at the Nigerian Airforce Base in Mando area, before it diverted and attempted to land at the Kaduna airport.

At least 12 top military officers and crew members are believed to have been involved in the crash.

The Air Force has been involved in a couple of tragedies this year.

An Air Force jet supporting ground troops fighting Boko Haram terrorists went missing in north-east Borno in March.

In February, seven officials died after a military plane crashed in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Insurgency: We Are Committed To Destroying Boko Haram Terrorists – COAS

 

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru has reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian Army in crushing Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast.

Briefing journalists in Borno State on Thursday, the Army chief said his mission to the 7 Division, Maimalari Cantonment/ Operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri was to visit the injured soldiers.

While noting that the troops remain committed to tackling other security challenges such as banditry and kidnapping among other crimes bedevilling some parts of the country, Attahiru said there is no way troops would always claim victory over their enemies, as sometimes the opposite is the direction.

“We are committed to the focus of the entire operations which is total annihilation of Boko Haram from Nigeria,” he said.

“Troops are committed to ending the war and other security challenges such as banditry and kidnapping among other crimes bedevilling some parts of the country.”

The COAS also conveyed the goodwill messages from the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari.

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According to him, President Buhari is committed to providing them with the needed resources they would require to execute the fight against insurgency and other violent groups across Nigeria.

A file photo of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru.

 

On his part, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major-General Farouq Yahaya, lauded the regular visit by the COAS which he said had continued to boost the morale of the troops.

“We are honoured, we are grateful, we are encouraged by those visits. You provided us guidance, logistics and other things we required. We are most grateful for those visits,” Yahaya said.

The Army chief’s visit to the troubled region comes four days after an officer and six others died in a counterinsurgency operation in Mainok, Borno State.

Spokesman of the Army, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, had on Monday explained that the security personnel were attacked by insurgents mounted on an unconfirmed number of gun trucks, and foot soldiers with the possible intent of establishing a phantom caliphate in Mainok town.

Five other soldiers who sustained various degrees of injuries have been evacuated to the military medical facility for treatment.

During a duel between the troops and the insurgents, the soldiers were said to have lured a number of the terrorists into a killing zone within their camp.

Thereafter, the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole scrambled Alpha jets and helicopter gunboats which took turns to decimate the trapped terrorists, leading to the killing of scores of Boko Haram terrorists.

Logistics Constraints Affecting Army Operations Across Nigeria, Says Attahiru

A file photo of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru.

 

The Nigerian Army is facing logistics constraints affecting its operations across the country, said the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru.

He stated this on Monday in his opening remarks at the combined COAS First Quarter Conference and Nigerian Army Operations Retreat 2021 held at Army Headquarters Command Officers’ Mess in Abuja.

Attahiru, however, noted that the President has pledged to continue to support the Nigerian Army, adding that they would soon receive combat enablers to enhance and boost their operations.

According to him, a concerted effort is being made to eliminate the threat of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) that has been a major impediment to troops and their operations in Operation Lafiya Dole.

“Again, in order to increase our operational capabilities, I have approved the purchase of spare parts and directed that all damaged and unserviceable equipment in the theatre be backloaded for immediate repairs.

“I want to assure you that I am determined in rebuilding the fighting skills, capacity, confidence, and morale of our troops across the various theatres of operations,” the army chief said.

He added, “In order to achieve this, my top priorities for the second and third quarters of the year would be training – I will ensure that through functional training, officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army are equipped with the right competencies and skills to effectively undertake daring missions in addition to developing special operations forces.”

 

A Key Principle Of War

Attahiru explained that this would be closely followed by procurement that would ensure appropriate kitting and provision of protective gear, weapons, equipment, and platforms.

He highlighted administration as a key principle of war, saying the welfare of troops would also be given paramount attention.

The army chief, however, asked the senior officers at the event to ensure the sustenance and maintenance of all equipment and put measures in place for sound administration of troops and their families.

He said, “I want to state that the Nigerian Army under my watch will remain resolute in decisively dealing with any threat confronting the country.

“Hence, I have directed that serious attention must be given to sustaining and improving the tempo in all ongoing Nigerian Army operations across the country.”

“Commanders must, therefore, glean from my command philosophy to ensure that operational and administrative proficiencies of Nigerian Army formations and units are sustained and improved upon,” Attahiru added.

Withdraw Soldiers From Politicians, Wike Tells Chief Of Army Staff

A file photo of the Rivers State Governor.

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has asked the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru to withdraw soldiers from state governors and other politicians.

He stated this on Tuesday when the army chief led senior military officers including the new General Officer Commanding the Six Division in Port Harcourt, Major General Sani Mohammed on a courtesy visit to the Government House in Port Harcourt.

Wike charged the COAS to make a difference by fighting the myriads of security challenges in the country ranging from banditry to terrorism, kidnappings, and militancy among several others.

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“The country is facing a lot of insecurity now. So withdraw these soldiers from politicians so that the soldiers can go and do their work,” he stated.

“In those days when you see a soldier, you run. These days, it is difficult because soldiers have been exposed to politics.

“I want you to make a difference to say that what your interest is to protect Nigerians, fight bandits, insurgency and not to carry ballot boxes.”

Speaking further, the governor also said he lacked confidence in the leadership of the former service chiefs led by General Gabriel Olonisakin.

According to him, the move necessitated his decision to oppose the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) endorsement for the fresh withdrawal of funds by the Federal Government for the fresh withdrawal of funds to fight insecurity.

He however called for more collaboration in the fight against insecurity.

Reps Summon CBN Governor, Army Chief Over Arms Purchase


The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, have been summoned to appear before an ad-hoc committee of the House of Representatives next month.

Members of the ad-hoc committee, chaired by Olaide Akinremi, summoned both men on Monday after they failed to honour an earlier invitation extended to them.

The motion for their summon was moved by a lawmaker, Bede Eke, who was furious that the army chief, for a second time, did not appear before the committee despite having rejected his representative on the first day of the hearing which held on March 12.

The lawmakers are among the committee that is reviewing the purchase, use, and control of arms, ammunition, and related hardware by the military, paramilitary, and other law enforcement agencies in the country.

They had invited Attahiru and Emefiele to appear before them on Monday to answer questions relating to the purchase of arms for the security agencies.

The army chief and CBN governor, however, failed to appear before the committee, an action which was condemned by the lawmakers.

A combination of photos of Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru and Mr Godwin Emefiele.

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Thereafter, the lawmakers passed a resolution to summon Attahiru and Emefiele to appear before them on April 7, 2021.

Recently, it was alleged that funds meant for the purchase of arms were missing under the leadership of the former service chiefs.

The claim was credited to the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno, during an interview with BBC Hausa Service earlier in March.

While the former service chiefs have since denied the allegation, the office of the NSA also said Monguno was quoted out of context and did not categorically make such a claim.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, also clarified the controversy triggered by the claim during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

“I want to assure you that nothing of that money is missing … the reference by it in the interview with Hausa Service of the BBC by the National Security Adviser, I think, has been misconstrued and mistranslated,” he said.