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A former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Victor Malu, has died. Malu who served under former President Olusegun Obasanjo, died in the early hours of today October 9th at a hospital in Cairo, Egypt. He was 70 years old. The former ECOMOG Commander (Peace Keeping Force), from August 1996 to January 1998, was Chief of Army Staff during former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration May 1999 to April 2001.

Malu is from Benue state and has chaired the military tribunal that tried former Chief of General Staff and Vice Chairman Armed Forces Ruling Council  Gen. Oladipo Diya and others in 1998 over alleged coup plot against the then head of state, Gen. Sanni Abacha.

President Muhammadu Buhari extends heartfelt condolences to the Malu family as well as the government and people of Benue State on the death of Lt. General Victor Malu (retired), a former Chief of Army Staff (COAS).

President Buhari also commiserates with the Nigerian Armed Forces on the demise of a very distinguished and professional colleague, who demonstrated incredible courage and leadership, including during very turbulent times in Liberia.

Victor Malu [Photo Credit: Channels TV]

President Buhari urges the bereaved family, friends and associates to honour Mr. Malu’s memory by upholding his invaluable sacrifices for a peaceful and united Nigeria.

The President prays that Almighty God will comfort all who mourn Mr. Malu, and grant his soul perfect peace.

May his soul rest in peace Amen.

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