Gunmen on Thursday killed Hassan Ahmed, a major-general and former provost marshal of the Nigerian Army.
The incident happened while the general was travelling through Lokoja-Abuja highway.
It is also feared that a family member who was said to be travelling with the general was abducted by the gunmen.
Onyema Nwachukwu, army spokesperson who confirmed the incident in a statement, said the army has sent a delegation to visit Ahmed’s family.
“With a heavy heart, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Faruk 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 reads.
“The sad incident occurred when the senior officer’s vehicle was attacked by gunmen while transiting along Lokoja – Abuja road yesterday 15 July 2021.
“A delegation from the Army Headquarters led by the Chief of Policy and Plans (Army) Maj Gen Anthony Omozoje has visited the widow and other members of the bereaved family. Members of the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA) led by the Deputy National President, Mrs Stella Omozoje have also visited the family to condole with them.
“The remains of the deceased senior officer will be accorded a befitting burial at the Lungi Barracks Cemetery on Thursday 16 July 2021 by 10. 00 am.”
Ahmed was recently appointed as a director at the army headquarters in Abuja.