The funeral of 22 soldiers who lost their lives when a helicopter crashed during an evacuation mission in Niger state on August 14, 2023 took place today August 25.
The bodies of the slain soldiers were buried at the military cemetery in Abuja, Naija News understands.
The funeral ceremony was attended by the wives of the deceased soldiers, family members as well as government functionaries led by the Minister of Defence, Abubakar Badaru and his counterpart for State, Bello Matawalle as well as the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Christopher Musa.
The ill-fated aircraft had departed Zungeru Primary School en route Kaduna State but was later discovered to have crashed near Chukuba Village in Niger state.
See photos from the burial below:
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) via its Chief Air Staff, Air Marshal Hassan Abubakar on Wednesday disclosed some of the identities of the officers involved in the crash, during a condolence visit to family members of the deceased in Port Harcourt.
The crew members who lost their lives during the mission include Flight Lieutenant Adamu Ibrahim, Flight Lieutenant Anthony Duryumus, Lance Corporal Alaribe Daniel and Lance Corporal Briggs Stephen Peter.
Recall that On February 22, 2021, seven NAF personnel on their way from Abuja to Minna, the Niger State capital, died when their plane crashed after takeoff from the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.