Nigerian Air Force officers who died in helicopter crash against Boko Haram buried in Abuja
London, Jan. 8, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The remains of the five crew of the Nigerian Air Force, who died in NAF Mi-35M helicopter that crashed in combat on January 2 was laid to rest at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja on Tuesday.
The helicopter crashed while providing close air support to troops of 145 Battalion during a fight against the Boko Haram insurgents in Damasak, Borno State.
The spokesman of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, in a statement said: “It is with a heavy heart that I announce the death of the 5 crew members who were on board the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Mi-35M Helicopter which crashed in combat yesterday (Wednesday), 2 January 2019, while providing close air support to troops of 145 Battalion, Damasak in Borno State.”
According to him: “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.”
He said: “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.”