Murtala was killed along with Kaduna State Governor Patrick Yakowa and four others on Saturday when the helicopter he was flying crashed in Bayelsa State.
Dr. Habibu Daba, who spoke for family, described the demise of Murtala as shocking.
He spoke to the BBC Hausa service yesterday in Kano. Born in 1976, Murtala who was named after late Head of State General Murtala Ramat Muhammad.
He left behind a wife and a daughter.