Following the death of a participant of the ongoing Chief of Army Staff’s annual conference 2020 in Abuja, on Tuesday, the Nigerian Army cancelled the remaining conference activities.
It was reported that the victim, identified as Maj. Gen. John Irefin, allegedly died of complications from COVID-19.
He is the General Officer Commanding, 6 Division, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State.
A senior military officer, who confirmed the death of Irefin on Thursday, described it as devastating and hurtful.
In a statement on Thursday by the acting Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sagir Musa, it was confirmed that all the conference participants had been ordered to immediately proceed on self-isolation in line with the protocol for COVID- 19.
The statement read, “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.”
Musa also announced the wedding of Buratai’s son, Hamisu, slated for Friday (today), would be foreshortened without the participation of those who attended the conference.
“However, 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. All inconveniences hereby regretted please,” the statement added.
The attendees of the annual conference which started on Monday had the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and some dignitaries as virtual participants while the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai; Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi and a few others participated physically.