A slight disagreement was said to have ensued on Saturday between the family of the late Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and the Nigerian Army over the use of coffin at his funeral.
According to The PUNCH, the disagreement led to a short delay of Attahiru’s burial as his family insisted that he must be buried without a coffin in accordance with Islamic rites.
However, it was stated that some senior army officers argued that the remains of the late army chief would be buried according to military traditions.
It was said that after some time, the family was convinced by the superior arguments and the grave was widened to accommodate the coffin.
Attahiru and 10 other military officers were killed in an air crash on Friday at the Kaduna International Airport.
The late COAS was said to be on his way to Kaduna to attend the passing out parade of new recruits into the army.
It was reported that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Beechcraft 350 conveying the military officers was scheduled to land at the Airforce base in the Mando area of Kaduna.
But it diverted to land at the civil airport due to bad weather.
Apart from Attahiru, other victims of the crash were: Brigadier Generals Ahmed Kuliya, O Olayinka, and MI Abdulkadir; Majors N Hamza, LA Hayat; Sergeants O Adesina, and Umar; as well as Aircraftman OM Oyedepo, Flt Lt TO Asaniyi, and Flt Lt AA Olufade.