NAF helicopter crash victims who died in combat buried in Abuja

NAF helicopter crash victims who died in combat buried in Abuja

The remains of five air force personnel, who died last week in combat in Damasak, Borno State, have finally been laid to rest in Abuja with full milit

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The remains of five air force personnel, who died last week in combat in Damasak, Borno State, have finally been laid to rest in Abuja with full military honours, accompanied by the traditional 21 gun- salute. Some senior officers also fought back tears as they bade the fallen heroes farewell at the National Military Cemetery, Abuja.

The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Abubakar in comforting family members, friends and colleagues said the death of the five crew members aboard the Nigerian Air Force Mi-35M Helicopter should spur all Nigerians to resolve to fight all agents of destabilisation and extremism in the country. He said the time has come for the nation to throw all it has into the on-going battle against Boko Haram insurgents in the Northeast and ensure that the war end as soon as possible.

He asserted that the death of the five crew members and other fallen heroes in the on-going war against Boko Haram Terrorists should not be in vain. Buried were: 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).