•Reveals the identity of slain hereos
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has confirmed the death of five crew members on board the NAF’s Mi-35M Helicopter which crashed in combat mission against Boko Haram Terrorists.
The NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information Ibikunle Daramola disclosed in a statement Thursday.
Daramola had in a astatement on Wednesday informed that Aircraft was lost in combat while providing close air support to troops of 145 Battalion at Damasak
The deceased personnel, whose remains have been recovered to Maiduguri, are; Flight Lieutenant Perowei Jacob – Pilot in Command; Flight Lieutenant Kaltho Paul Kilyofas – Co-Pilot; Sergeant Auwal Ibrahim – Flight Technician; Lance Corporal Adamu Nura – Gunner and Aircraftman Meshack Ishmael – Gunner.
Daramola said the gallant fallen heroes made the supreme sacrifice in the service of our of Nigeria for which the NAF, and indeed the entire Nation owes them an unending debt of gratitude.
He added that the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on behalf 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.
He also informed that the CAS was in Maiduguri Thursday to convey the condolences of the President Muhammed Buhari, to personnel of the Air Task Force Operation LAFIYA DOLE over the unfortunate loss.
“While in Maiduguri, the CAS also received a condolence visit from the Chief of Army Staff, Lietenant General Tukur Buratai. ”