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8 Years Ago Today, Nigeria Lost TEN Army Generals After Tragic Plane Crash

Nigeria was hit by a major tragedy on this day 8 years ago on the 17th of September 2006, when an 18-seater Dornier 228 Air Force transport plane, carrying 15 senior army officers and three crew members crashed leaving only five survivors that sustained serious injuries.

A Dornier 228 Military Plane
The plane with registration number 228-212 crashed in northern part of the country at Oko village in Vandeikya local government area of Benue State at about 10:30 a.m.

The military officers were members of a committee setup by the government to re-position the Nigerian Army. The plane departed Abuja in the early morning hours of September 17, on its way to Obudu Cattle Ranch in Cross River State where the officers were to hold a retreat.

Then President, Olusegun Obasanjo who was overseas during the air disaster, had to cut short his trip and returned home. He ordered three days of national mourning for the officers some of whom are in the top echelon of the Nigerian army.

The crash is the second major air disaster involving top military officers in the country. On September 26 , 1992, a Nigerian Air Force C-130 transport plane carrying top military officers crashed in Ejigbo near Lagos, minutes after leaving Lagos airport. All passengers died in the crash, 173 bodies were found, 27 missing.

The deceased about to be buried on Thursday September 21 2006 at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja 

The Deceased

1. Major General A.N. Bamali - GOC 2 Division - from Kano State
2. Major General J.O. Adesunloye - GOC 81 Division - from Edo State
3. Major General J.O. Agboola - Military Secretary - from Osun State
4. Major General P.M. Haruna - Commandant, Army Signal Corps
5. Major General J.T.U. Ahmedu - from Edo State
6. Major General S.O. Otubu - Chief of Policy and Plans - from Edo State
7. Major General B. Duniya
8. Major General S.M. Lemu - Director of Operations, Army Headquarters - from Niger State
9. Brigadier-General Y.J. Braimah - from Edo State
10. Brigadier-General M.B. Bawa - from Niger State
11. Lt-Colonel N.A. Mohammed - from Niger State
12. Wing Commander E. O. Adekunle( pilot )
13. Wing Commander O. Balogun( Co-pilot - died enroute to the hospital )


1. Colonel O. C. Ajunwa
2. Colonel N. I. Angbazo
3. Colonel A. L. Dusu
4 & 5. Two crew members( a technician and an air hostess )

May Allah reward them with Aljannatul fridaous and may their soul rest in perfect peace.

8 Years Ago Today, Nigeria Lost TEN Army Generals After Tragic Plane Crash Reviewed by Msl on 04:39 Rating: 5


  1. May their souls RIP

  2. May their gentle soul rest in perfect peace!!!

  3. RIP fallen heros

  4. The names are correct but the appointments are wrong. Please ensure historical accuracies in publications that can be quoted


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