The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja has declared a three-day period of mourning, in honour of the Late Maj Gen Chris Alli (retd).
It had been reported that Alli died at the Military Hospital, Lagos State, after an illness on Sunday, November 19, 2023.
The army headquarters had on Sunday confirmed his departure, saying the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lagbaja expressed his heartfelt condolences.
However, Onyema Nwachukwu, Brigadier General and director Army Public Relations in a statement on Monday announced the three-day period of mourning, which started on Monday.
The statement reads in part; “During this time, all Nigerian Army formations and units have been directed to hoist their flags at half-mast, as a symbol of collective grief and respect. The directive also mandates all personnel to wear a black hand band in remembrance of the late former COAS.
“Maj Gen Chris Alli dedicated his life to serving the nation through the Nigerian Army with indefatigable commitment and professionalism in the defence of our nation.”
“In this time of grief, the Nigerian Army stands in solidarity with the family, friends and loved ones of the late Maj Gen Chris Alli. The Nigerian Army charges all personnel to adhere strictly to these instructions, as a mark of honour and respect for our fallen hero. This period of mourning is an opportunity for all to reflect upon his accomplishments and the sacrifices made by our gallant soldiers in defence of our dear nation,” the statement added.