President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the gallantry of Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo for being alive after gunmen gunned down Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Jet fighter he piloted.
This was contained in a Press Release by the Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity), Garba Shehu.
President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the gallant pilot of the Nigerian Air Force Alpha Jet, Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo, who successfully ejected from an aircraft that came under “intense ground fire from bandits” in Zamfara State, Northwest, at the weekend.
The President, who was briefed on the successful operation by the nation’s defence forces to rescue the pilot, said he was pained by news of the air crash.
I was shocked by the devastating news of the air crash but felt much relieved, following the successful ejection by the pilot and his eventual rescue. May the injured pilot recover at the earliest time.
Reports emerged on Sunday that an aircraft, used for attacks against armed men, has crashed in Zamfara State, while “under intense enemy fire.”
The Nigerian Air Force confirmed the crash in a Monday statement, saying there was no casualty as the pilot escaped enemy fire.
The crash happened on Sunday at about 12:45 p.m., air force spokesperson, Edward Gabkwet, said in a statement.
The official said:
On 18 July 2021, at about 12.45 pm, a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha Jet aircraft, returning from a successful air interdiction mission between the boundaries of Zamfara and Kaduna State, came under intense enemy fire which led to its crash in Zamfara State.