Nigerian Airforce (NAF) has issued a statement on the crash of two fighter jets that crashed in Abuja.
NAF has been preparing for the 58th Independence Celebration of Nigeria on October 1, 2018.
According to the statement by NAF, no life was lost.
“I wish to confirm that an air incident involving 2 Nigerian Air Force aircraft taking part in the rehearsals for the 58th Independence Day Celebrations occurred this morning in Abuja. Details will be communicated later.”
Thank you IBIKUNLE DARAMOLA
Air Commodore DOPRI
I wish to confirm that an air incident involving 2 Nigerian Air Force aircraft taking part in the rehearsals for the 58th Independence Day Celebrations occurred this morning in Abuja. Details will be communicated later. Thank you
— Nigerian Air Force (@NigAirForce) September 28, 2018
The Nigerian Airforce has issued an updated statement on the pilots involved in today’s accident.
According to Nigerian Airforce, one of them died of complications in the hospital. He was one of the most skilled senior pilots Nigeria had.
Updated statement below;
UPDATE ON AIR INCIDENT INVOLVING 2 NIGERIAN AIR FORCE AIRCRAFT
Two Nigerian Air Force (NAF) F-7Ni aircraft taking part in the rehearsals for the aerial display to mark Nigeria’s 58th Independence Anniversary Celebrations were involved in an air incident today, 28 September 2018. The air mishap necessitated the 3 pilots to eject from their aircraft, which subsequently crashed in the general area of Katamkpe Hill. Regrettably, however, one of them later died due to complications from injuries sustained upon impact on the ground. Thankfully, there were no civilian casualties.
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on behalf of officers, airmen and airwomen of the NAF, commiserates with the family of the deceased officer. The CAS has also instituted an air crash investigation to determine the remote and immediate causes of the incident.
Director of Public Relations and Information
Nigerian Air Force
The above statement was made by the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Charles Soludo as a way of advising President Buhari’s government on how to take us out of the present downtime in our economy. One wonders if he needs to put this down in writing so the President can listen to him. What he said is not new rather he said it as the technocrat that he is and I really applaud it. The issue of adopting a plan on production of what we consume needs every urgency it can get because that seems to be the lifeline of our economy especially if we must compete in international markets.
The black gold oil has failed and history has shown that it is a highly volatile commodity that can disappoint nations that have long banked on it for their revenue and now Nigeria is badly hit by its decline. The only commonsense approach to saving us will be to create more sources of revenue for our country. The non-oil revenues have captured taxes as one of its source but I understand that tax is a way the government benefits from the people’s prosperity, so if there is economic hardship then there will be nothing to tax. Thank God for the mineral resources he endowed us with, it is definitely time to take the bull by the horn and drive a massive industrialization of Nigeria. We have the land mass and the manpower to run those machines, we have the expertise, we have friends and neighbours to partner with us on making this possible.