How Brigadier-General Uwem Harold Udokwere died

How Brigadier-General Uwem Harold Udokwere died

A Nigerian Army’s retired Brigadier-General, identified as Uwem Harold Udokwere have been killed in his Abuja home.

Dare-devil robbers attacked Sunshine Homes estate in the Lokogoma area killing the general on Saturday, 22nd June, 2024.


The police in the FCT confirmed that the attack occurred on Saturday around 3am saying the Commissioner of Police, Benneth Igweh, ordered “a discreet investigation into the circumstances surrounding this regrettable event.”



The statement signed by SP Josephine Adeh, the Police Public Relations Officer, said, “In response to the tragic and unprecedented attack at Sunshine homes estate by armed robbers, resulting in the untimely demise of one Brigadier-General Uwem Harold Udokwere (rtd.) on June 22, 2024, at approximately 03:00 a.m, the Commissioner of Police, FCT, Benneth Igweh has promptly ordered a thorough and discreet investigation into the circumstances surrounding this regrettable event.


“Expressing profound condolences to the bereaved family, CP Benneth Igweh assures the family and the public of swift justice, with every effort in conduit to ensure the perpetrators of the atrocious act are apprehended and brought to justice.”


The Chairman of the Board of Trustee, REMNAF, Abiodun Durowaiye-Herbert said, “They came around 3am. Where he lived had been attacked before. His house is about the last in that estate and the back of the house is directly facing the expressway. I know they couldn’t have gained access through the main gate because their security is tight. The day we went, they made several calls before we were allowed in.

“They once came to steal his generator and Amair conditioners last year through the fence. That place is very open. That is the place they might have come through. He was such a gentleman and he doesn’t talk much.

“They took everything and they still killed him. I don’t know why people are like that. He relocated to the area last year because of traffic. They were living in Kurudu.”


Also, the National Assembly’s Sergeant-At-Arm, Air Commodore S.A Zakari (retd.) confirmed his death in a statement obtained by Punch.

Zakari, quoting the late general’s wife, said the robbers asked for her jewellery and took his husband’s pistol, adding that she heard gunshots afterwards.


The statement read, “Brig Gen H Udokwere rtd N/5575 15th Regular was attacked early morning at home in Abuja.


According to the wife, three suspected armed robbers attacked the General’s house at approximately 0300 hrs on 22 June 24. The house is at No 1 Sanga Street, Sunshine Homes by Kabusa Junction at Lokogoma Abuja. She also said that was the third time they were attacked.

“She also said the robbers asked her for her pieces of jewellery and took his pistol. She further stated she heard gunshots.”


Zakari added that the late general’s neighbour said the armed robbers injured one of the estate guards.


The statement added, “According to Pastor Awe, his neighbour, the robbers injured one of the estate guards. That one was taken to the jospital at Abacha Barracks along with Brig Gen H Udokwere rtd N/5575, the victim. While the injured guard was being treated at Abacha Barracks Hospital, the General was referred to the National Hospital Abuja.

“Air Cdre MM Igho informed Air Cdre SA Zakari rtd of the incident at 0810 hrs. Zakari dashed to NHA to support the family. Zakari met Pastor Awe (the neighbour) with the victim’s wife, son and other neighbours. Air Cdre Zakari was told Gen Udokwere was dead and the corpse was at the National Hospital morgue.”


He also said he had met with the late general’s wife to console her and reported the incident to Maj. Gen. Okereke.


“Zakari met the wife, calmed her down and reported the issue to Maj Gen Dr Okereke. The Comd NAOWA Hospital sent an ambulance to retrieve the body of the late General Udokwere to NAOWA Hospital where he was confirmed dead.

“Gen Hashim, the neighbour, has taken the family to his house for his wife to handle Mrs Udokwere. However, Mrs Udokwere insisted she must see her husband. Contact was made with the Cse Mates (NDA 15th Cse) and Brig Gen KA Kareem was tasked to visit the family which he did.
The family will decide the next line of action regarding the funeral.”

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