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New COAS, Farouk Yahaya, Pays Final Respects To Attahiru

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A few hours after his appointment as the new Chief of Army Staff, Major General Farouk Yahaya has paid final respect to his predecessor, the late Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru.

The Nigerian Army revealed this on its official Twitter account on Friday morning, sharing a photo of Farouk saluting a portrait of Attahiru after signing the condolence register at the HQ Theatre Command of Operation HADIN KAI, Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri, Borno State.

“The new Chief of Army Staff, Maj Gen Farouk Yahaya pays his last respect to his predecessor, late Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru after signing the condolence register at HQ Theatre Command of Operation HADIN KAI, Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri, Borno State,” the Nigerian Army tweeted.

See the tweet below:

Recall that Attahiru and 10 other military officers were on board the military Beachcraft 350 aircraft that crashed at the Kaduna International Airport on May 21. The military officers who were enroute Kaduna from Abuja when the unfortunate incident happened have since been buried.

Days after the event that shook the nation, President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, May 27 appointed Farouk as Attahiru’s replacement.

The new COAS, Naija News understands was born on January 5, 1966, in Sifawa, Bodinga Local Government Area of Sokoto State. A member of the 37 Regular Course of the prestigious Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Farouk started his cadet training on 27 September 1985 and was commissioned into the Nigerian Army Infantry Corps on 22 September 1990. He has held several appointments including Staff, Instructional and Command.