Gen. Hassan Ahmed Buried as Security Agencies Comb Koton Karfe where he was Killed
Men of the Nigerian Military and other security agencies have launched an ‘aggressive’ joint operation at the Koton Karfe axis of Kogi State.
A former Provost Marshal of the Nigerian Army, Major General Hassan Ahmed, was shot dead by unknown gunmen at Koton Karfe while he was returning to Abuja from Kogi State.
His sister, who was in the vehicle with him, was abducted by the gunmen while his driver escaped.
The body of Maj.-Gen. Ahmed was buried Friday with full military colours and compliments at the Guards Brigade Cemetery, Lungi Barracks, Abuja, in accordance with Islamic rite.
Recently, the Koton Karfe axis has been a hotspot for kidnapping by armed bandits, who usually target motorists.
Aside from the incidence of kidnappings, bandits also receive ransom for persons they abduct at their enclaves, within the axis.
Meanwhile, speaking during the burial, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya described the death of Ahmed as a great loss to the Nigerian army and the nation at large.
Yahaya described Ahmed as a fine officer with a high sense of commitment to the course of the army and the service to the nation.
He said that it was the will of God for the officer to die at the time he did, adding that nobody knew when and where he or she would die.
Yahaya said that the living only had the responsibility to pray for the repose of his soul and support the family, promising that the army would continue to stand by the family of the deceased.
“For us who are behind, we owe it a duty to take care of his family and be with them in this trying time.
“The army has provisions in our laws in terms of entitlements and other responsibilities and we fulfill that.
“Beyond that, the army, under my watch, will improve on those provisions and will be with the family of the late general and all others who have also paid the supreme price.
“Ahmed was a friend and colleague and we have been together for a long time. He was a very dutiful, responsible and professional officer but everyone has his time.
“On behalf of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army, we heartily condole with the family of late Maj.-Gen. Ahmed.
“May his gentle soul rest in peace and may God grant us and his family the fortitude to bear the loss,” he said.