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COVID-19: Army Cancels Conference Over Death of General, All Participants to Proceed on Self-Isolation

The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 6 Div, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Major General Olu Irefin, is dead. He died Thursday in Abuja of complications related to COVID-19.

Irefin, appointed GOC of the 6 Div in July this year, was attending the ongoing Chief of Army Staff Annual Training Conference.

Prior to his last appointment, he was the  GOC 81 Division, Nigerian Army, Lagos.

In a reaction to the development, the army has cancelled the programme and asked all participants to be in self-isolation, the army spokesman, Brig-Gen Sagir Musa, said in a statement.

Read the full text of the statement…


1. The Nigerian Army wishes to inform members of the public that due to resurgence of COVID 19 Pandemic in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja in what appears to be a second wave of infection cycle and the unfortunate incident on Tuesday 8 December 2020, where  an officer participating in the ongoing Chief of Army Staff’s Annual Conference 2020 here in Abuja tested positive to COVID 19, the remaining activities of the conference have therefore been immediately cancelled.

All the participants have been mandated to immediately proceed on self isolation in line with the Federal Government’s protocol for COVID 19 and to prevent any further spread of the disease.

Brigadier General 
Acting Director Army Public Relations 

10 December 2020

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