A manhunt has been launched for the killers of Maj-Gen Hassan Ahmed, who was shot dead by unknown gunmen suspected to be assassins in the Abaji area of the Federal Capital Territory Thursday night.
The assailants, according to a family member, also kidnapped his sister, Safina while travelling on the Lokoja-Abuja highway. They were coming from Okene, a town in Kogi State.
The wives of the deceased were present at the Guards Brigade Cemetery, popularly called Lungi Barracks Cemetery, in Abuja on Friday, where their late husband was buried.
A senior military officer disclosed that both overt and covert operations had since begun at the location of the incident on Thursday.
Similarly, a former spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Brig-Gen Sani Usman (Retd), in an interview with journalists shortly after the late officer was interred, said the perpetrators of the evil act would not go scot-free.
He said the killers might not know the magnitude of what they had done by killing a serving senior military officer, saying even if they spend years in hiding, they would be caught and punished accordingly.
Usman said: “It is not just the Nigerian Army, this is somebody that was a Major General in the Nigerian Army, a serving one.
“So, it is not just about the Nigerian Army or the Armed Forces, but it is about the nation.
“And I can tell you, no stone will be left unturned for those who had hand in his murder.
“The killers would be tracked, arrested and be brought to justice.”
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Farouk Yahaya described the murder has “sad and shocking”.
Yahaya pledged that as contained in the Nigerian Army provisions, he would ensure that widows of the late senior officer and his family members were taken care of.