Nigerian Army Mourns Former COAS

Nokai Origin, Abuja

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The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja has declared three days of mourning, starting Monday 20 November 2023 in honour of the Late former Chief of Army Staff, rtd Major General Chris Alli, following his disheartening demise on Sunday 19 November 2023.

During this time, all Nigerian Army formations and units have been directed to hoist their flags at half-mast, as a symbol of collective grief and respect.

A statement by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu said the directive also mandates all personnel to wear a Black Hand band in remembrance of the late former COAS.

Major General Chris 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 says it stands in solidarity with the family, friends and loved ones of the late Maj Gen Chris Alli.

The Nigerian Army also charges all personnel to adhere strictly to these instructions, as a mark of honour and respect for our fallen hero. The period of mourning is an opportunity for all to reflect upon his accomplishments and the sacrifices made by our gallant soldiers in defence of the nation.


Dominica Nwabufo