By Kanmi AKINLADE, Investigator Correspondent, Northern Zone/
KADUNA- THE crash of the Air Force plane at the Kaduna airport Friday evening which conveyed the Chief of Army Staff COAS, Lt-General Ibrahim Attahiru, his wife Fati Attahiru and 10 other personnel of the military; killing everybody onboard may have been orchestrated by some distraught persons in the military. Though the Accident Investigation Bureau AIB has yet to come out with the actual cause of the crash but impeccable military sources said the crash may have been preplanned by faceless but disgruntled elements in the army who were not too comfortable with some of the ‘unpopular policies’ of the late army chief. The couple and ten other military officers died at the Kaduna airport runway where the Chief of Army Staff was billed to commission a project in one of the military formations in Kaduna State. The Director public relations and information, Nigerian Air Force, Commodore Edward Gabkwet, who confirmed the crash in a rather terse statement via his verified tweeter handle said there was an air crash involving a Nigerian Air Force plane but did not reveal identities of those on board. He simply said, “An air crash involving a @NigAirForce aircraft occurred this evening near the Kaduna International Airport. The immediate cause of the crash is still being ascertained. More details to follow soon.”
Appointed on January 27, 2021 the army chief was said to have moments on assumption of office, embarked on some ‘unpopular and iniquitous’ policies which did not go down well with the generality of the army personnel especially, the Non-Commissioned and Senior Non-Commissioned officers. According to multiple military sources, one of the unpopular policies which was vehemently rejected was the housing scheme which tends to milk the junior officers of their meager monthly remuneration that was nothing to write home about. Findings showed that the Attahiru’s housing scheme if implemented would require monthly deduction of almost half salaries of junior officers if they and members of their families must be accommodated in the barracks. Further checks revealed nepotism and uncoordinated deployment of troops to the war front without recourse to rotation. CrimeWorld magazine online scooped that there had been no love lost between the Army helmsman and the Senior and Non-Commissioned officers especially, those who had been at the war turn Maiduguri for more than 6 years without being redeployed to other states of the federation against extant standard practice in the military. One of such unpopular policies which irked the SNCO and the NCO prompting a rejection petition to the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari and made available to CrimeWorld magazine online reads:
05NA/57/2084 SGT YUSUF SHETIMA
04NA/55/0925 CPL JAMES IBOK
09NA/62/5578 LCPL DANLADI IBRAHIM
11NA/66/10622 LCPL AFOLABI SHOWUMI
13NA/70/11034 PTE LUCKY DOLPH
COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES,
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA.
REJECTION OF THE PROPOSED NIGERIAN ARMY WELFARE HOUSING SCHEME (NAWHS).On behalf of the entire Non Commissioned Officers (NCO), and the Senior Non commissioned Officers (SNCO), we write to reject the proposed plan of the Nigerian Army to further increase their tempo in a way of continuous swindling and to put us and our family into persistent suffering of hunger and starvation. Putting into consideration, the high rate of inflation in Nigeria market today, we the NCO and the SNCO are finding it difficult to feed our family and as well pay our children school fees from our meager salary. Yet, the Nigerian Army have devised a means of taking or collecting it back from us the Scarce Skill Allowance (SSA) under the guise of a useless, fraudulent and so called Nigerian Army Welfare Housing Scheme (NAWHS). It is pertinent to note that the Army cannot exist or stand in the absent of the NCO and the SNCO, but the Army can stand or exist and function effectively without the commissioned Officers. This is to say that, the SNCO and the NCO are the pillars or the Nigerian Army and without them the NA cannot exist and yet, there suffer the most. The NCO and the SNCO are not well paid and yet the Army wants to deduct a whopping sum of #15,410.30k, #16,703.92k, #17,103.92k, #18,868.97k, #21,516.27k, #26,732.74k, #30,000.00k and 49,086.49k on monthly basis and according to the rank respectively. After this deduction, there still want us to feed and also buy our military uniforms from the remaining change. The officers of the NA are happy seeing us the NCO and the SNCO suffering all the days of our life, there can never and will never come up with a good plan that will ever benefit the other ranks instead, they prefer to cheat without regards to our suffering. We are using this medium to call on the Federal Government, the house of representatives, the Senate and all other stakeholders to come to our aid and stop the Army under the leadership of Lt Gen. IBRAHIM Attahiru from the proposed fraudulent plan. And if there must continue, it must not be compulsory.”
Born on August 10, 1966, Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru hails from Kaduna North Local Government Area of Kaduna State. He was a member of the Regular Course 35 of the Nigerian Defence Academy. Before his appointment as the Chief of Army Staff, he was the General Officer Commanding 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu. He was also a former Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole.
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