By Maurice Young-
A Nigerian Army general has been assassinated by unknown gunmen. Hassan Ahmed, has been killed by yet to be identified gunmen in the late hours of Thursday.
Mr Ahmed, a major general, was said to be returning to Abuja from Lokoja in the Kogi State capital last night, when he was attacked around Abaji area council.
His remains have been conveyed to the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA) Hospital in Abuja, according to sources in Nigeria.
The news comes 24 hours after the Nigerian army was searching for a soldier, identified as James Matol, who killed his girlfriend, 23-year-old student, Jennifer Ugadu, a second year student in the Faculty of Education at the Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, before she was brutally shot dead by the soldier, identified by the police as James Matol.
A delegation from the Army Headquarters led by the Chief of Policy and Plans (Army) Maj Gen Anthony Omozoje has reportedly 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 reasons for the latest killing is unknown. In November last year, a tribunal was set up to investigate shootings on October 20th in Lagos, after a CNN investigation claimed soldiers had indiscriminately shot at protesters killing many civilians who were protesting police brutality in Nigeria.
A statement from the army read: 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”.