The Nigerian Army on Thursday night confirmed the assassination of its former Provost Marshal, Major-General Hassan Ahmed by gunmen in Abuja.
The slain officer who was recently appointed a director at the Army Headquarters, was reportedly killed by gunmen in Abaji Area Council of the FCT.
ThisDay reports that the general was on his way to Abuja from Okene in Kogi State, when his vehicle, a Hilux, ran into the gunmen.
“They opened fire on his vehicle; he died. The driver pretended to be dead from the wound he sustained,” a source told the newspaper.
It was later learnt that the officer’s sister, who was also in the vehicle, was abducted by the gunmen.
The statement issued late last night by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu, confirmed the incident.
He said the late general would be buried today (Friday) at the Lungi Barracks Cemetery by 10 am.
“With a heavy heart, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Farouk 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 statement said.