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NAF Helicopter Crash Victims Finally Laid To Rest in Abuja

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The seven personnel of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) plane, a Beechcraft KingAir BB305i that crashed in Abuja, last Sunday have been buried at the National Military Cemetery, Abuja.

NAF Helicopter Crash Victims Finally Laid To Rest in Abuja

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), Thursday, vowed to expose and fight the sponsors of extremism in the country during the burial.

The victims were Flight Lieutenant Haruna Gadzama (Captain), Flight Lieutenant Henry Piyo (Co-Pilot), Flying Officer Micheal Okpara (Airborne Tactical Observation System (ATOS) Specialist) and Warrant Officer Bassey Etim (ATOS Specialist), Flight Sergeant Olasunkanmi Olawunmi (ATOS Specialist), Sergeant Ugochukwu Oluka (ATOS Specialist), and Aircraftman Adewale Johnson (Onboard Technician).

The bodies were lowered into the grave at exactly 1pm and accorded full Military honours and the traditional 21 gunshot salute.

It was an emotional event as colleagues of the late officers, including the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao, wives and family members of deceased, wept uncontrollably.

The Chief of Air Staff in his address, described the deceased officers as courageous heroes in whom the Force had so much confidence.

He assured that Nigerian Air Force will throw in everything to ensure that the deceased officers did not die in vain.

The Presiding priest and Director of NAF Chaplaincy, Reverend David Dogo Gani, described the death of the officers as a trying moment in the history of the country.

He prayed for the Grace to continue to look onto the Lord as the only succour in times of trouble.

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