BREAKING NEWS: Buhari Appoints Danjuma Ali Keffi As New Chief Of Army Staff |The Republican News

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Major General, Danjuma Ali Keffi as the new chief of army staff following the demise of General Attahiru and ten others in an air crash on Friday.

Danjuma Ali Keffi hails from Nasarawa State and GOC 1 Div Kaduna. A military source that spoke to The Republican News confirming the appointment disclosed that he is a member of 38 Regular Course and trained in Mogadishu Battalion of the Academy.

Maj.Gen. Danjuma Ali Keffi

Maj.Gen. Keffi is also an alumnus of Bangladesh Defense College and GOC 1 Divison Kaduna. President Muhammadu Buhari’s ’ Minister for Humanitarian, Sadiya U. Farouq also confirmed the appointment thus; ENDING TERRORIST GROUP OF IPOB, HERDMEN AND BOKO HARAM: Danjuma Ali Keffi has been appointed as Nigeria Chief of Army Staff.

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UPDATED: New Nigeria’s Chief Of Army, Ibrahim Attahiru Killed In Plane Crash |The Republican News

Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru

The Nigerian Chief of Army Staff Ibrahim Attahiru has been reportedly killed in a plane crash in Kaduna, The Republican News has learnt from military sources.

Gen. Attahiru who was newly appointed chief of army staff on January 26, succeeding Tukur Buratai. He was 54.

We were also informed by a military source that his wife was aboard the same plane so, as no one was said to have survived the crash, it means his wife also died along with him.

Over My Death Will Oduduwa, Biafra Emerge As New Countries, Nigeria Is One —Attahiru Warns |The Republican News

Aircraft accident report obtained by The Republican News confirmed and read as follows: A Nigerian Air Force Beechcraft 350 with registration NGR203 from Abuja to Kaduna Military diverted to Kaduna civil due to weather but touch down and skidded off Runway 05 and went into flames. The aircraft had 8 persons on board and 4 crew.
The accident occurred at time 1759UTC.
Safety services are currently at the crash site.
Further report from the crash site confirmed aircraft completely burnt and unfortunately no survivor Sir.

The Nigerian Air Force has issued a statement confirming that there was a crash, but did not immediately say the personalities onboard.

“An air crash involving a Nigerian Air Force aircraft occurred this evening near the Kaduna International Airport. The immediate cause of the crash is still being ascertained. More details to follow soon,” Edward Gabkwet

Major Lawal Hayat, the ADC to late Chief of Army Staff, was among those who perished in the ill-fated military aircraft that crashed in the Kaduna Airport this evening May 21

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4 U.S. Tourists And Pilot Killed In Australian Crash |The Republican News


MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian pilot and four American tourists on a golfing vacation were killed when a light plane crashed in flames into a shopping mall on Tuesday shortly after takeoff in the Australian city of Melbourne, officials said.

The five were on a twin-engine Beechcraft Super King Air that crashed about 45 minutes before the Direct Factory Outlet mall in suburban Essendon was to open, Police Minister Lisa Neville said.

The U.S. Embassy in Canberra confirmed that four victims were U.S. citizens. Texans Greg Reynolds De Haven and Russell Munsch have been identified by their families on social media as two of the victims.

De Haven’s sister Denelle Wicht posted on Facebook that her 70-year-old brother had been killed “on a once in a lifetime trip to Australia” with friends.

The pilot was Max Quartermain, owner of the charter company Corporate and Leisure Travel.

The plane had taken off from Melbourne’s second-biggest airport at Essendon for a golfing trip to King Island, 255 kilometres (160 miles) to the south, officials said.

The mall adjoins the airport.

Police Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane said no one outside the plane was injured.

“Looking at the fireball, it is incredibly lucky that no one was at the back of those stores or in the car park of the stores, that no one was even hurt,” Leane said.Slide 1 of 12: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 21:  A view from the tarmac at Melbourne's Essendon Airport is seen after a charter plane leaving the airport crashed on February 21, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. The charter plane was carrying 5 people when it crashed ne MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 21: A view from the tarmac at Melbourne’s Essendon Airport is seen after a charter plane leaving the airport crashed on February 21, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. 

The pilot reported a “catastrophic engine failure” moments before the plane crashed into a storage area at the rear of the mall, police said.

Police and paramedics rushed to the crash site, where firefighters doused the flames.

A witness who gave his name as Jason told Australian Broadcasting Corp. he was passing the mall in a taxi when the plane crashed.

“I saw this plane coming in really low and fast. I couldn’t see the impact but when it hit the building there was a massive fireball,” he said.

“I could feel the heat through the window of the taxi, and then a wheel — it looked like a plane wheel — bounced on the road and hit the front of the taxi as we were driving along,” he said.

( AP)

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