The stories that dominated the headlines included news reports from politics and current affairs as seen below:
1. List: Names of 10 Officers Who Died Alongside General Attahiru in Plane Crash
A total of 11 personal died in the crash which occurred in Kaduna state on Friday, May 21. The Nigerian Army has said details of the crash would be announced in due course.
2. Chief of Army Staff: List of Likely Successors to Attahiru Emerge
According to a report by PR Nigeria, here are the officers that may likely be named by the president.
3. Photos of Newlywed Flight Lieutenant Killed in Kaduna Crash go Viral, he Got Married in February
Flight Lt. Alfred Ayodeji Olufade was one of the officers onboard the ill-fated aircraft that crashed around the Kaduna international airport on Friday, May 21.
Olufade, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and nine other military officers all lost their lives.
The COAS was said to be on his way to Kaduna to attend the passing-out parade of army recruits scheduled for Saturday, May 22, when the unfortunate incident happened.
4. Burial of General Ibrahim Attahiru: List of Governors That Went to Malami’s Son Wedding
As Nigerians continue to mourn the death of General Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff, and 10 others who died in a plane crash, it becomes a tale of two tales as some governors and government functionaries were present at the burial of the departed officers while others chose to honour the living by celebrating with Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice on the wedding of his son, Daily Trust reported.
In this report, Legit.ng reveals the list of governors, government officials that attended the two events.
5. How my Husband Dreamt About the Plane Crash a Day Before His Death, Pilot’s Widow Reveals
Jennifer Olufade, the widow of Flt Lt Alfred Olufade, pilot of the aircraft that crashed killing 11 military officers in Kaduna said her husband dreamt about the plane crash a day before.
Recall that Flt LT Olufade died alongside the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Ibrahim Attahiru, and nine other officers on Friday, May 21.
In a series of posts shared on her Instagram page, @joba_star, on Sunday, May 23, Jennifer, who got married to the late pilot three months ago, paid an emotional tribute to her husband.
6. Full Profiles, Photos of the 10 Military Officers Who Died Alongside COAS Attahiru in Plane Crash
On Friday evening, May 21, Nigeria received “one mortal blow” to its “underbelly”; the nation’s Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru, died in a military plane crash in Kaduna state.
He died alongside “10 other officers”, including the members of the crew.
However, being the Chief of Staff, major statements from the presidency, the Nigerian Army and even media reports have focused on Attahiru while the remaining victims were described as “10 others.
7. Breaking: Former Presidential Candidate Defects to PDP ahead of 2023
Donald Duke, a former governor of Cross River state has returned to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), The Punch reported.
The newspaper reported that the chairman of the PDP caretaker committee in the south-south state, Effiok Cobham, disclosed this on Wednesday, May 26, at a press briefing in Calabar.
8. Just In: PDP Deputy Governor Dumps Opposition Party, Joins APC
Professor Ivara Ejemot Esu, the deputy governor of Cross River state, has officially resigned his membership of the Peoples Democratic Party and joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The deputy governor’s official defection comes days after his principal, Ben Ayade, joined the ruling party.
Africa Independent Television (AIT) reported that the deputy governor decided to make his defection official on Monday, May 24, to stop speculations that he did not follow Governor Ayade to the APC.