Abidjan- Gen. Yaya Garba, the Deputy Commander of the International Support Mission in Mali (MISMA) is dead, Chairman of ECOWAS military Chiefs, Gen, Sourmalia Bakayoko has said.
Bakayoko, Chairman of the select committee of ECOWAS military chiefs, announced Garba’s death on Saturday
at the opening of a two-day meeting of the committee in Abidjan.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the military chiefs are meeting in Abidjan to work out modalities of turning MISMA into a UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission.
Bakayoko, who is also the Ivorian Chief of Army Staff, said that Garba died in his sleep on Friday night.
``He went to bed on Friday night and was found death this morning in his room,’’ he said.
``At the moment, we do not know much about the circumstances surrounding his death, it is indeed a sad news,’’ he
``We have lost a senior army officer in West Africa, a man of honour, a brave soldier,’’ he said.
Bakayoko used the forum to extent the condolences of the ECOWAS military chiefs to the members of the mission in
``Our heart-felt condolence also goes to the 650 troops from Niger currently servicing under MISMA in northern Mali.
At the opening ceremony, a minute of silence was observed in memory of the deceased.
NAN reports that Garba’s death is the second sad incident concerning the mission in one week
IT will be recalled that a Nigerian Air Force jet fighter deployed to African force in Mali, on a non combat mission
crashed on Monday in western Niger, killing the two pilots on board.