The ongoing Chief of Army Staff annual conference 2020 has been cancelled abruptly following the reported case of COVID-19 amongst the top Generals attending the annual event in Abuja.

There is also an unconfirmed report that the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 6 Division, Nigerian Army Port Harcourt, General Major General Olu Irefin has died of COVID-19 in Abuja while attending the Chief of Army Staff annual conference 2020.

The report also disclosed that the top military brass attending the conference has since self-isolated to avoid the spread of the pandemic.

Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sagir Musa in a statement announced the abrupt cancellation of the ongoing conference in Abuja.

He said: “The Nigerian Army wishes to inform members of the public that due to resurgence of Covid-19 Pandemic in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja in what appears to be a second wave of infection cycle and the unfortunate incident on Tuesday 8 December 2020, where an officer participating in the ongoing Chief of Army Staff’s Annual Conference 2020 here in Abuja tested positive to Covid-19, the remaining activities of the conference have therefore been immediately cancelled.

“All the participants have been mandated to immediately proceed on self-isolation in line with the Federal Government’s protocol for Covid-19 and to prevent any further spread of the disease”.

While regretting all inconveniences the new development may have caused participants, Gen. Musa also announced the scaling down of activities for the wedding fatiha of Lt Gen TY Buratai’s Son Mr Hamisu Tukur Buratai.

According to him, “The Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen TY Buratai wishes to inform all dignitaries and other invited guests that activities earlier scheduled for the wedding of his son Mr Hamisu Tukur Buratai will proceed as arranged albeit pruned down without the participation of all those who were at the conference.

“The Chief of Army Staff, on behalf of his family, feels honoured to sincerely appreciate, thank and welcome all dignitaries and invited guests to his son’s Wedding Fatiha slated for Friday 11 December 2020”.

He concluded that due to the resurgence of the Pandemic in the FCT, General Buratai will be unable to personally attend to, receive or meet you at the event, adding that all inconveniences are regretted.


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