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General John Shagaya dies in auto crash

*Presidency condoles with his family

Brigadier General John Shagaya (Rtd), a former Senator has died in a lone traffic crash, Bisi Kazeem, FRSC Corps Public Education Officer confirmed this in a statement on Sunday.

According to Kazeem, the accident occurred at about 1445 hours along Langtang-Pankshin road on his way to Jos, Sunday 11th February, 2018.

FRSC team from Langtang Unit Command were at the scene of the crash almost immediately after the crash.

He was reportedly travelling in a Toyota Land Cruiser Jeep with his driver and an orderly from Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

Preliminary report indicates that the driver lost control and hit a tree making the General to sustain a head injury that eventually led to his death.

The two injured aides of the Major General are currently in Pankshin General Hospital while the corpse of General Shagaya has been deposited at the Air Force Hospital Mortuary in Jos.

FRSC Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, expressed his condolences to the family while appealing to other motorists to always avoid whatever could cause mishap on the highways, the statement reads.

Meanwhile, Presidency on Sunday expressed sadness over the tragic accident that led to the death of Senator John Shagaya.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said this in a statement made available to journalists.

The presidential spokesman said Buhari offered his condolences to the Shagaya family, friends, the government and people of Plateau State.

The statement read in part, “The President pays tribute to the great Nigerian whose legacies will live on in the patriotic work he did as a military officer who rose to the position of a General, and a distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic that ably represented the Plateau Southern zone.

“The President affirms that at each step of his distinguished career in national service and politics, Gen. Shagaya brought his deep convictions and discipline to national, regional and community assignments and was ready to always offer his best to the development and stability of the country.

“President Buhari prays that God almighty will comfort all who mourn him and grant his soul eternal rest.”

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