From NOAH EBIJE, Kaduna
Air Commodore Alechenu Ekagbo, the senior military officer who sustained serious injuries in Jaji military church bombing in Kaduna about two weeks ago is dead. Although, the military authorities did not make any official statement on his death as at press time, Air Commodore Ekagbo, according to a reliable source, died last Saturday in Cairo, capital of Egypt, even as the name of the hospital where he died was not disclosed. Air Commodore Ekagbo was said to be relaxing at his Brigadier quarters, Jaji when the explosion hit his house on November 25, 2012, causing him serious degree of injuries.
The late military officer, whose official residence, Daily Sun learnt was about 15 meters away from Saint Andrew Protestant Church, the scene of the blast, was in critical condition at the 44 Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna before he was flown to Cairo for medical attention.
Meanwhile, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Admiral Olasa’ad Ibrahim had earlier said the military authorities would soon overcome the shock of the bombing after the report of the Board of Inquiry set up to look into the incident. Admiral Ibrahim spoke with journalists some weeks ago at the Headquarters of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) and described the blast as sad and least expected in such military environment.
“Perhaps, with the lesson now, we could not afford to take anything for granted. So, we will put it behind us quickly after the Board of Inquiry and then we will put some other mechanisms in place to prevent this incident in future. “The measures taken to prevent further occurrence of the attack will come in a piece meal, especially during the report and recommendation of the Board of Inquiry,” he submitted.