Nigerian Army mourns former COAS, Gen Ali Rtd

By Linus Aleke, Abuja

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, has expressed heartfelt condolences on behalf of the Nigerian Army (NA), on the passing of former COAS, Major General Mohammed Chris Alli (Rtd).

Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement, said, the former Army Chief succumbed to a brief illness in the early hours of Sunday 19 November, 2023 at the Military Hospital, Lagos.

Major General Alli (rtd), a revered senior officer, he said, served the Nigerian Army, the Armed Forces of Nigeria and the nation with honour and dedication in various capacities, leaving enduring prints on the sands of time.

Gen. Nwachukwu said that his commitment and zeal to duty manifested evidently, as he rose through the ranks to become the Director of Military Intelligence (DMI), amongst several other key appointments in the Nigerian Army, climaxing his military career as the 9th COAS in November, 1993, until his meritorious retirement from active service in August 1994.

“Born on 25 December 1944, in Koton Karfe, Kogi State. Gen Chris Alli’s sojourn in the NA began on 20 October 1967, as a member of the Emergency Short Service Combatant Course. He served diligently in various capacities, cutting across Staff, Instructional and Command. Gen Alli was at a time, the Military Administrator of Plateau State,” the statement said.

The COAS, on receiving the disheartening news of his demise, has profoundly expressed his condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the Late former COAS, praying for the repose of his soul and the strength and solace for the family in this difficult time.

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