Family sources close to late Attahiru’s family have described as untrue the news that Fati , Wife of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, was among those who died in a plane crash that occurred earlier today.
The source confirmed this to veteran defence and crime journalist, Babajide Kolade Otitoju .
Some mainstream Newspapers had earlier reported that Fati was among those killed in the ill fated Airforce plane that claimed the lives of officers.
Debunking this news which had heightened tension in the air, Otitoju wrote, ” A family friend of the late chief of staff just confirmed that the story published by a Newspapers that his wife died in the plane crash is untrue. What a relief!
The Director public relations and information, Nigerian Air Force, Commodore Edward Gabkwet, confirmed the crash in a terse statement.
He said there was an air crash involving a Nigerian Air Force plane but did not reveal identities of those on board.
However, it was gathered the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru was on board the aircraft with his wife and some other senior military officers.
Gabkwet said “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,” the NAF spokesman tweeted.
Born on August 10, 1966, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru hails from Kaduna North Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
He was a member of the Regular Course 35 of the Nigerian Defence Academy.
Before his appointment as the Chief of Army Staff, he was the General Officer Commanding 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu.
He was also a former Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole.