Maiduguri residents mourn death of COAS
By TVC News Nigeria
24 May 2021 | 2:48 pm
Residents of Maiduguri the Borno state capital have described as shocking the death of the chief of army staff Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru and ten others in an air crash on Friday.
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