Former Air Force Chief Responds to Allegations on Army Plane Crash

The controversy surrounding the tragic plane crash that claimed the life of former Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, has taken a new turn.

Retired Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Gbolahan Adekunle, former Chief of Training and Operations in the Nigeria Air Force, has responded to allegations made by retired General Danjuma Ali-Keffi, the former General Officer Commanding of 1 Division of the Nigerian Army.

Ali-Keffi suggested a link between the crash and terror sponsors, prompting Adekunle to address the matter.

AVM Adekunle’s Stance:

In an interview with Arise News on Thursday, AVM Adekunle expressed his disapproval of General Ali-Keffi’s claims and urged him to resolve any issues he may have with his dismissal from the Nigerian Army amicably.

Emphasizing the importance of maintaining professional conduct, Adekunle clarified that he did not support tarnishing the image of any military officer, especially posthumously.

Concerns About Conspiracy Claims:

AVM Adekunle questioned the rationale behind Ali-Keffi’s insinuations of a conspiracy to kill Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru.

He suggested that Ali-Keffi’s personal grievances with the army might be influencing such assertions.

Adekunle urged Ali-Keffi, as a gentleman raised within the army, to address any disputes internally rather than resorting to sensational claims in the public domain.

Advocating for Decency and Respect:

Expressing his discontent with the public spectacle surrounding the accusations, AVM Adekunle advocated for decency and respect in handling internal matters within the military.

He underscored the need to allow the deceased officer, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, to rest in peace without unnecessary controversies.

Adekunle emphasized that if Ali-Keffi had issues with the army, he should pursue resolution within the established military framework.

Reflecting on Professionalism:

AVM Adekunle reflected on the professionalism expected within the military, urging Ali-Keffi to address any concerns about his dismissal through official channels.

He encouraged Ali-Keffi to approach the matter with the same system that nurtured and promoted him to the rank of a General.

Adekunle highlighted the importance of maintaining the dignity and reputation of the armed forces.


As the dispute unfolds in the aftermath of the tragic plane crash, AVM Gbolahan Adekunle’s response underscores the significance of maintaining professionalism and decorum within the military.

The call for resolving internal issues privately rather than engaging in public accusations serves as a reminder of the need for unity and discipline within the armed forces.

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