By Gabriel Atumeyi
A director at the Nigerian Army Headquarters in Abuja, Major General Hassan Ahmed, has been killed.
He was murdered on Thursday in the Abaji area of Abuja.
The assailants also kidnapped his wife.
It was gathered that the couple were coming from Okene, Kogi State, when they were attacked.
A source said, “They opened fire on his vehicle and he died. The driver pretended to be dead, so they took the wife away.”
The Chief of Army Staff, Faruk Yahaya, recently appointed Ahmed a director at the Army Headquarters. He was a former Provost Marshal of the Army.
The army said in a statement by its spokesman Onyeama Nwachukwu that the slain officer would be buried on Friday morning.
“With a heavy heart, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Faruk 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 senior officer will be accorded a befitting burial at the Lungi Barracks Cemetery on Thursday 16 July 2021 by 10.00 am,” Mr Nwachukwu added.