Friends and family members have been thrown into mourning after the young officer, Taiwo Olufemi Asaniyi,who was about to wed, died when a Beachcraft 350 aircraft crashed at the Kaduna International Airport on Friday.
Naija News reports that Asaniyi, a pilot of the ill-fated jet, which also claimed the lives of his co-pilot, Flt Lt Alfred Ayodeji Olufade, newly appointed Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and eight others.
Friends and associates of Asaniyi have since taken to the social media to mourn the youth.
A tweep, @_victor_kings, wrote, “Flight lieutenant T.O Asaniyi. He flew the plane, we had his introduction in March. I was going to be his best man.”
“Ahhh, no now, not Mr Asaniyi. Still saw his WhatsApp status update this week. Dear Lord!” @blessnoyiz expressed shock.
“May their soul rest in peace. My condolences,” @bcube234 tweeted.
It would be recalled that the Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru has reportedly died in a military plane crash that occurred in Kaduna State.
The incident occurred on Friday at the Kaduna International Airport according to military sources.
It was learned that the ill-fated aircraft crashed at the airport’s runway about 6 pm and about eight people on board are all feared dead.
“An air crash involving a @NigAirForce aircraft occurred this evening near the Kaduna International Airport. The immediate cause of the crash is still being ascertained. More details to follow soon” read a statement from Air Force spokesman Edward Gabkwet.
According to Daily Trust there were eight persons on board the aircraft. Attahiru was appointed Chief of Army Staff on January 26, 2021.