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NAF Pilots & Crew Who Crashed While Fighting Boko Haram Buried

Valentine Chinyem

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The remains of the Nigerian air force (NAF) personnel who crashed in an helicopter while providing support for troops of the 145 battalion fighting the dreaded terrorist sect, Boko Haram, in Damasak, Borno, have been laid to rest.

With military honours and gun salutations, the Nigerian Air force buried its men who died in the ill fated crash on January 2 at the national military cemetery in Abuja.

Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, the chief of air staff, while speaking described the men as heroes, who lost their lives for the peace and unity of Nigeria.

“These gallant heroes lost their lives in the pursuit of the peace which we all enjoy and often take for granted. We salute the courage of these young men, whose lot it became to give their lives for this purpose,” he said.

“The loss of these courageous and professional gentlemen must spur the rest of us not only to rededicate ourselves in the service of our nation but also to expose and fight all agents of destabilization and extremism in our society.

“We must throw in everything we have to this fight to ensure that our departed colleagues did not die in vain.

“We must do everything possible to bring the ongoing insurgency in the north-east to a speedy end that is favourable to our nation.

“I am indeed deeply touched and saddened by the price which our patriots had to pay in this needless fight against insurgency.”

Consoling the families of the deceased, the air chief added that “there can be no better consolation than the knowledge that the nation grieves with you on the loss of these amiable and patriotic Nigerians, who paid the supreme price in the course of their duty to the fatherland”.

The burial ceremony was attended by Mansur Dan-Ali, minister of defence, and representatives of other service chiefs.

Pereowei who got married three weeks before his death was described as ‘a man with no worries.’

In a statement after the incident, the air force had identified Jacob, pilot in command; Kaltho Kilyofas, co-pilot; Auwal Ibrahim, flight technician; Adamu Nura, gunner, and Meshack Ishmael, gunner, as the fallen soldiers.

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Air Marshall Sadiq Abubakar

 

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