Gunmen kill Army General, kidnap wife in Abuja
Major-General of the Nigerian Army, Hassan Ahmed has been killed in Abuja.
Ahmed, who was newly appointed director at army headquarters, was shot dead in Abaji area of the Federal Capital Territory on Thursday night.
According to a family member, the assailants also kidnapped his wife.
The couple was said to be returning from Okene in Kogi State when they ran into an ambush.
In a statement, Army Spokesman, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, confirmed the death of Ahmed.
Nwachukwu disclosed that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya, had already sent a delegation to condole with the victim’s family.
He said members of the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA) led by the Deputy National President, Mrs Stella Omozoje, have also paid a visit to the family to commiserate with them.
The statement read, “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.”
The remains of the deceased will be buried at the Lungi Barracks Cemetery, Abuja by 10am on Friday.