The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has finally confirmed the crash of an Alpha jet that occurred on Sunday.
Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, NAF Director of Information, issued a statement on Monday.
The Fidelinfonews had reported the crash that occurred between 12 noon and 1:30 pm yesterday.
The report by several media houses was initially denied by NAF.
But impeccable sources affirmed there was an incident and that the initial denial was made to manage the situation.
Our correspondent was informed that Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo flew the fighter plane, his identity and the exact location of the mishap was protected as they dispatched special forces to look for him.
Dairo winged the jet that eliminated more than 120 bandits in multiple airstrikes executed at Sububu forest in Zamfara on July 12.
After a reconnaissance aircraft dispatched confirmed the presence of the criminals, Dairo pounced on their gathering at Sububu, Jajani, and Dammaka.
In his release, the NAF spokesman said on 18 July 2021, at about 12.45 pm, the jet after returning from an interdiction mission between Zamfara and Kaduna boundaries, came under fire which led to its crash in Zamfara.
Gabwet said Dairo successfully ejected from the aircraft, using his survival instincts.
The pilot again came under intense ground fire from the bandits but was able to evade them and sought refuge in nearby settlements awaiting sunset.
Using the cover of darkness and his phone set for navigation, Dairo was able to elude several bandits’ strongholds and maneuvered his way to a Nigerian Army unit, where he was finally rescued.
Upon receipt of the crash, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, directed that all efforts must be emplaced to rescue the pilot.
NAF Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) platforms and helicopter gunships provided close air support to NAF Special Forces and Nigerian Army troops.
They eventually located the crash site and the pilot’s parachute, while also combing nearby locations for any sign of the pilot.
NAF expressed gladness that while in hiding, Dairo confirmed that the presence of the aircraft within the vicinity of the crash site helped in scaring the bandits.
Gabwet added that following the order by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Air Force has in the last two weeks mounted intensive day and night air raids against bandits and their hideouts in North-West States.
The Air Commodore said hundreds of bandits have been neutralized and several of their hideouts destroyed.
“Despite the setback of yesterday’s crash, the NAF remains committed towards fulfilling Mr President’s mandate as well as other constitutional roles assigned to it.”
The statement reiterated that the willingness, readiness and ability of the military arm remain unshaken as it continues to carry out its assigned roles.
JUST IN: Bandits Abduct Zamfara Speaker’s Father
Suspected bandits have abducted the biological father of the Speaker of Zamfara state House of Assembly, Alhaji Nasiru Muazu Magarya.
The armed men also kidnapped the Speaker’s stepmother, uncle and four others in a raid on his community, Magarya in Zurmi Local Government Area of the state.
The speaker is representing Zurmi east in the assembly.
Salihu Zurmi, lawmaker representing Zurmi West in the state assembly, told Daily Trust that the armed men invaded the community on Wednesday evening.
“This is the fourth time they are attacking the community, the first one they killed some people while during the second assault they torched residential houses and carted away cows and other domestic animals,” he said.
The Director General, Press Affairs of the state House of Assembly Mustapha Jafaru Kaura told our correspondent that they would soon issue press statement on the matter.
“I’m right now with the Honourable Speaker, we will issue statement, give us some times please,” Mustapha said.
In the same vein, the spokesman of the state police command SP Muhammad Shehu said the command would soon issue press release.
Ilorin South Chair Embarks On Project Inspection Tour, Assures Of Timely completion
In fulfilment of the promise being made by the Ilorin South TIC Chairman Hon. Aiki during his last visitation to the site of the proposed shopping complex at Ero-Omo, the TIC Chairman has paid yet another inspection visit to the site of the modern shopping Complex.
While he commended the workers at the site for their steadfastness and commitment, Hon. Aiki reiterated the commitment of the Ilorin South Local Government administration towards the completion of the project.
The Chairman further stated that the right step being taken by the administration is an adoption of the good leadership model being laid down by the Governor of Kwara State, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.
While the Chairman appreciated the Governor of Kwara State, Mall. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, he further encouraged the residents of the community present during the inspection exercise to continue their revamped support towards the successful administration of the Governor.
The TIC Chairman train further moved around Oko-Olowo axis as well to insect some boreholes and Modern public Toilet sites as well which came as a surprise to most of the workers. While he commended the dedication of the Oko-Olowo residents he further implored them as well to stick to their continued support for the local and state Government at large making another vow to continue his good works.
The residents of Oko-Olowo area of Ilorin South LGA commended the tremendous efforts of the TIC Chairman and wished him well in his various endeavours.
The inspection exercise shall continue across all other sites as well as stated by the Chairman.
KOPAN Condoles With Former Minister Bolaji Abdullahi Over Mother’s Death
Kwara Online Publishers Association of Nigeria, KOPAN has mourned the death of Alhaja Rafat Ajeigbe Abdullahi, the Mother of the Former Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi.
KOPAN in a condolence message signed by the Association Interim Chairman, Ogbeni Hammed Adedayo Said, said;
“On behalf of the members of our prestigious association, KOPAN, we sympathise with a brother and a senior colleague, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, on the demise of his beloved mother, Alhaja Rafat Ajeigbe Abdullahi.”
He further said “Please accept our sincere condolences on the death of your mother! No one can replace her but Almighty can comfort you.
May Allah repose her soul. Our deepest sympathies to you and the entire Abdulahi family!”
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