JUST IN: Pilot survives as bandits shoot down military jet in Zamfara – NAF

0
481

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor has confirmed that a military jet crashed in the Northwest region but the pilot survived the crash.

Irabor spoke in Kaduna today at an interactive session with senior and junior officers from the North West.

Irabor who did not give details, said the pilot was flown to an undisclosed hospital.

Meanwhile, Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force, Edward Gabkwet, an Air Commodore ,explained in a statement today that 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.

“Luckily, the gallant pilot of the aircraft, Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo, successfully ejected from the aircraft. Using his survival instincts, the pilot, who came under intense ground fire from the bandits, was able to evade them and sought refuge in nearby settlements awaiting sunset.”

“Using the cover of darkness and his phone set for navigation, Flight Lieutenant Dairo was able to elude several bandits’ strongholds and maneuvered his way to a Nigerian Army Unit, where he was finally rescued.

“It is instructive to note that upon receipt of the news of the crash, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, had directed that all efforts must be emplaced to rescue the pilot.

Accordingly, NAF Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) platforms and helicopter gunships provided close air support to NAF Special Forces and Nigerian Army troops who were able to locate the crash site and the pilot’s parachute, while also combing nearby locations for any sign of the pilot.

It is gladdening to note that while in hiding, Flight Lieutenant Dairo confirmed that the presence of NAF aircraft within the vicinity of the crash site helped in scaring the bandits who were after him, thus enabling him to find refuge and escape to a safe location.

“It is important to also recall that only recently, the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, had directed the Armed Forces of Nigeria to do all it takes to flush out criminal elements in Katsina, Zamfara and Kaduna States.

It is in fulfilment of this directive that the NAF, in conjunction with surface forces, has in the last 2 weeks mounted intensive day and night air interdiction operations against bandits and their hideouts, especially in these 3 states.

Through these intensive air operations, 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 willingness, readiness and tested ability of the NAF remains unshaken and unwavering as it continues to carry out its assigned roles,” he said.



READ ALSO! Nigerian Central Bank Approves Disbursement Of Loans For Creative Industries At 9%

READ ALSO! Tony Elumelu To Empower 1,000 Northern Entrepreneurs With $5000 Each

READ ALSO! How To Empower Yourself And Generate Income From Mutual Funds

READ ALSO! Is N-Power Truly Empowering Nigerian Youths?

READ ALSO! How Nigerian Govt Can Lift 100million People Out Of Poverty — Tony Elumelu

READ ALSO! TraderMoni: Poverty Alleviation Or Political Leverage?

READ ALSO! Is N-Power Truly Empowering Nigerian Youths?

READ ALSO! Gtbank 737 Disservice: How to Kick Your Customers in the Butt!

READ ALSO! Why The North Remains Headquarters Of Poverty In Nigeria — Kingsley Moghalu

READ ALSO! The Love Of Your Life Is An Illusion: It Doesn’t Exist Anywhere!