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Army declares three-day mourning in honour of former COAS

He said the directive also mandated all personnel to wear a black hand band in remembrance of the late former COAS.

• November 20, 2023
Maj.-Gen. Chris Alli
Maj.-Gen. Chris Alli[Credit: Channels Television]

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, has declared a three-day period of mourning, starting Monday, in honour of former COAS, Maj.-Gen. Chris Alli, who passed away on Sunday in Lagos.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

Mr Nwachukwu said that all Nigerian Army formations and units had been directed to hoist their flags at half-mast, as a symbol of collective grief and respect, during the time.

He said the directive also mandated all personnel to wear a black hand band in remembrance of the late former COAS.

According to him, the late Mr Alli dedicated his life to serving the nation through the Nigerian Army with indefatigable commitment and professionalism in the defence of our nation.

“In this time of grief, the Nigerian Army stands in solidarity with the family, friends and loved ones of the late Maj.- Gen. Chris Alli.

“The Nigerian army charges all personnel to adhere strictly to these instructions as a mark of honour and respect for our fallen hero.

“This period of mourning is an opportunity for all to reflect upon his accomplishments and the sacrifices made by our gallant soldiers in defence of our dear nation,” he said.


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