Army general killed by gunmen buried in Abuja

The remains of the former provost marshal of the Nigerian Army Maj.-Gen. Hassan Ahmed have been buried in Abuja.

Ahmed was buried on Friday with full military honours at the Guards Brigade Cemetery, Lungi Barracks, Abuja in accordance with Islamic rites.

The army general, a member of the 40th regular course, was killed in an ambush by yet-to-be-identified gunmen on his way from Lokoja to Abuja on Thursday night around Abaji, close to Abuja.

His sister, who was in the vehicle with him, was abducted by the gunmen while his driver escaped.

Speaking during the burial, the chief of army staff Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya described the death of Ahmed as a great loss to the Nigerian Army and the nation at large.

Yahaya described Ahmed as a fine officer with a high sense of commitment to the course of the army and the service to the nation.

“Ahmed was a friend and colleague and we have been together for a long time. He was a very dutiful, responsible and professional officer but everyone has his time.

“On behalf of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army, we heartily condole with the family of late Maj.-Gen. Ahmed.

“May his gentle soul rest in peace and may God grant us and his family the fortitude to bear the loss,” he said.

Chief of defence staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, and representatives of other service chiefs and the inspector general of police attended the burial.

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