NIGERIAN AIR FORCE CONFIRMS DEATH OF OFFICERS IN HELICOPTER CRASH.
The Nigerian Air force on Thursday confirmed the death of five of its officers who were crew members on board the Nigerian Air force (NAF)Mi-35M Helicopter while fighting insurgents in Borno state.
In a press statement signed by the Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, the NAF headquarters also announced the recovery of the bodies of the deceased.
It further listed the names of the officers as:
A] Flight Lieutenant Perowei Jacob- Pilot in command
B] Flight Lieutenant Kaltho Paul Kilyofas- Co- pilot
C] Sergeant Auwai Ibrahim- Flight Technician.
D] Lance Corporal Adamu Nura- Gunner.
E] Aircraftman Meshack Ismael- Gunner.
The officers were said to be providing close air support to troops of 145 battalion, Damasak in Borno State on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.
The statement reads in part;
“These gallant fallen heroes made the supreme sacrifice in the service of our fatherland for which the NAF, and indeed the entire Nation owes them an unending debt of gratitude. The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on behalf of all officers, airmen, airwomen and civilian staff of the NAF commiserates with the families of the 5 fallen heroes and prays that the Almighty grants their souls peaceful repose.”
“The NAF appreciates the overwhelming support shown by the general public to the service over the incident. We continue to solicit your understanding and support as we daily strive to ensure the security of Nigeria and Nigerians,” it concludes.