Gunmen have killed a former Provost Marshall of the Nigerian Army, Major Gen Hassan Ahmed.
Major Gen Hassan was killed on Thursday night along the Lokoja – Abuja when his vehicle was attacked by the assailants.
“With a heavy heart, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya, 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 Nigerian Army spokesperson, Onyema Nwachukwu, said in a statement issued on Friday morning.
“The sad incident occurred when the senior officer’s vehicle was attacked by gunmen while transiting along Lokoja-Abuja road yesterday 15 July 2021.”
The late officer will be buried on Friday at the Lungi Barracks Cemetery.
“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,” Onyeama added.
“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.”
Until his death, he served as a director at the Army Headquarters in Abuja.
The incident comes a few days after gunmen killed the acting Commanding Officer of 196 Battalion, Major MS Samaila.
He was shot dead in Dundubus, Jigawa while on his way to Kano from Maiduguri. Major Samaila was with his orderly, Alisu Aliyu.
“The officer was shot dead, and his orderly sustained gunshot wound. The officer’s body has been deposited at Shekoni Dutse. The soldier is receiving medical attention accordingly,” the army said.
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Despite reassurances from the government and security agencies, critics believe authorities are only paying lip services to secure the country.