COAS’ death suspicious, may not have conclusive investigation – Inter-society
By Phil Okose, Onitsha
The International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, Intersociety, weekend, in Onitsha, feared that the sudden and suspicious demise of Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, the recently appointed chief of army staff, COAS, may end the same way the suspicious death of Gov Patrick Yakowa, DIG John Haruna and others that ended without any form of comprehensive, conclusive and satisfactory investigation.
Expressing this fear, the Intersociety chairman, Nze Emeka Umeagbalasi, stated that, “with the Nigerian Army headed Defence Headquarters’ latest hasty and uninvestigated conclusion, blaming the crash on “bad weather”; barely a day after, the COAS’s suspicious death, ‘investigatively’, is sealed, carpeted and added to the long list of
He lamented that no senior military official had ever been held directly or vicariously culpable and no credible enquiries launched and concluded so as to prevent future occurrence or fish out the perpetrators if found conspiratorially or culpably involved.
According to him Nigeria has, in barely four months or since February, 2021, lost no fewer than 20 military personnel, mostly commissioned officers and, till date, no single sanction has been meted or any form of detailed investigations carried out.
Praying for the repose of the souls of COAS and other military personnel involved in the plane crash, he said, “the heart of International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law is hereby saddened by the tragic and suspected “perfect killing” of Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru,
He recalled that DIG John Haruna (then DIG in charge of operations) was killed in a suspicious police helicopter crash on March 15, 2012 in Kabong area of Jos in Plateau state.
He died when the helicopter flying him back to Abuja, which was delivered in December 2011 crashed into buildings located in Kabong, near Jos, killing him alongside three others including ACP Garba Yelwa (pilot), CSP Alexander Pwol (co-pilot) and Sergeant Sonatian Shirunam (his orderly).
“DIG John Haruna’s suspicious death came after he visited the scene of the jihadist terror bomb blast at St Finbar’s Catholic Church in Jos, Plateau state.