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A brigadier-general in the Nigerian Army identified as Audu James has lost his life in an auto crash in Lagos.
James who was the monitor-general of the senior executive course, Sec, 40 at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPPS, Karu, Plateau State, passed on from injuries sustained after he was smashed by a car on Tuesday.
The death of the brigadier-general was confirmed by Kayode Olagunju, the welfare officer of the SEC 40, NIPSS, in a statement issued on Wednesday.
The statement read, “Sad news. We lost a gem. Our indefatigable, humble, friendly bridge builder, the Monitor General SEC 40 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Brig Gen Audu Ogbole James (mni), just departed.
“He died from injuries sustained from a knockdown on the road yesterday (15/11/22) evening in Lagos.
“May his soul rest in peace. Our condolences to the family, AANI, especially the SEC 40. May the Lord console all and grant the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss. So sad.”
James was reportedly killed by a “drunk corporal” who knocked the army general from behind while he was walking to his house.
The Nigerian Army corporal identified as Abayomi Abun, has since been detained while investigation has begun to unravel the circumstances around the incident.
Sani Kukasheka, a retired brigadier-general and publicity secretary of the alumni Institute of the NIPSS, AANI, in a statement condoled with the family of the deceased.
The statement read, “The National President of the Alumni Association of the National Institute (AANI), former Inspector General of Police, MD Abubakar CFR NPOM mni, [is] deeply shocked and saddened by the heart-wrenching news of the passing away of one of the association’s illustrious and promising members, Brigadier General Ogbole Audu James mni, the Monitor General of Senior Executive Course (SEC) 40/2018, on Tuesday night at the Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre (NAFRC), Oshodi, Lagos.
“Consequently, the President, on behalf of the National Executive Committee and the entire membership of the association, expresses his deepest condolences to the family, the Nigerian Army, the Armed Forces of Nigeria, the entire AANI, and the nation, over this monumental loss.
“There is no doubt an unfortunate incident has robbed AANI, the Armed Forces of Nigeria, and the nation of the services of one of its finest, most professional, patriotic, dedicated, humble, and quintessential gentleman senior military officer.
“Until his death, he was the Director of Finance and Accounts at the NAFRC in Oshodi, Lagos. He is survived by an ageing mother, a wife, and three children.
“Details of his burial will be announced later by the Nigerian Army in conjunction with the family.
“AANI members are kindly requested to show unwavering love and support by rallying around and being with his family at this time of sorrow, in prayers and visitation, and turning out en masse for the burial.
“May his gentle soul rest in peace, amen. May God also give the family, AANI, and the nation the courage and fortitude to bear the irreparable loss, amen.”