By Esezobor Okaima, Abuja
The former Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Capt. Muhtar Usman is dead. Usman died on Tuesday night at a hospital in Zaria after a brief illness at the age of 63.
The President of the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, Illitrus Ahmadu, confirmed his death to The PUNCH on Wednesday morning. “I just received the news of his death. He was rushed to a hospital yesterday in Zaria, Kaduna State, before he passed on,” Ahmadu told our correspondent on phone. Born on December 5, 1956, the astute aviator became the director general of the civil aviation regulatory body in October, 2014, and served for five years. He handed over to the present NCAA boss, Capt. Musa Nuhu, in October 2019.
However, before his appointment as NCAA DG, Usman was the Commissioner, Accident Investigation Bureau, and Managing Director of the defunct Nigeria Airways.
His burial arrangement is expected to be announced soon by the family.