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Plateau mourns 7 victims of Abuja NAF air crash

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

Flt. Lt. Henry Piyo

The Senator representing Northern Senatorial district, Senator Istifanus D. Gyang, Deputy Chairman Senate Committee on Defence, has expressed shock over the heartbreaking news of the crash of a NAF aircraft that claimed the lives of seven personnel of the Nigerian Air Force, including Flt. Lt. Henry Piyo, who was Co- Pilot of the ill-fated aircraft.

The Senator says the deceased officers and men shall be remembered as fallen heroes, who died On Active Service of their nation and fatherland.

Flt. Lt. Henry Piyo, Co- Pilot of the ill-fated air craft comes from Riyom local government area of Plateau State.

While mourning their death, Senator Gyang calls for an in-depth investigation to ascertain what occasioned the crash and, in so doing, necessary steps be taken by the Nigerian Air Force and government to avert future occurrences.

He shares the grief of the Piyo’s family and the other affected families, the Berom nation, the Nigerian Air Force, Plateau state and the nation at large over the demise of these energetic, patriotic and gallant fallen heroes, who have paid the ultimate prize.

Also, the member representing the Barkin-Ladi/Riyom constituency, Hon. Simon Mwadkwon, Ph.D, received with rude shock the news of a young and promising constituent, Flt. Lt. Henry Piyo, alongside 6 other colleagues in the ill-fated military plane crash on Sunday, 21st January, 2021, in Abuja.

According to him, in a statement signed and issued to newsman in Jos on Monday by his Cmr. Friday Bako, Director, Media & Publicity, said “Late Flight Lieutenant Henry Piyo and his colleagues, Flt. Lt. Haruna Gadzama (Captain), Flying Officer Michael Okpara (Airborne Tactical Observation System (ATOS) Specialist), Warrant Officer Bassey Etim (ATOS Specialist), Flight Sergeant Olasunkanmi Olawunmi (ATOS Specialist), Sergeant Ugochukwu Oluka (ATOS Specialist), Aircraftman Adewale Johnson (Onboard Technician) all died as Heroes and Nationalists defending our National territorial integrity against criminal elements that have threatened our National security.

“They died serving the Nation on account of engine failure of the aircraft,” he said, and called for investigation to ascertain the remote cause(s) of the plane crash and urged for the immortalization of all the deceased as mark of honor for the sacrifices they made in combating insecurity.

He said, Flt. Lt. Piyo and the 6 others will be remembered for their heroic disposition and the sacrifice they made with their lives for National peace and security, as they died on their way to save lives.

He sympathized and empathized with the immediate family of all the deceased, their loved ones, the Nigerian Air Force and Nation at large over this National Losses.

Meanwhile, our correspondent visited the family of late Flt. Lt. Henry Piyo, and saw many sympathizers trooping in to pay their condolences, also learn that, the family is waiting for Air Force to finalize the burial arrangements. 

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