The remains of the seven personnel of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) who died on Sunday in an air accident were on Thursday buried at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja with full military honours.
The personnel died in the Beechcraft King Air B 350 i aircraft, which crashed a short distance from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport , Abuja , after reporting engine failure.
The seven personnel are; Flight Lieutenant Haruna Gadzama (Captain), Flight Lieutenant Henry Piyo (Co-Pilot), 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) and Aircraftman Adewale Johnson (Onboard Technician).
The representatives of the deceased families were presented with the national colours by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao, as well the laying of the wreath and the firing of a volley by the burial party.
The Chief of Air Staff(CAS) betrayed emotions as he wept while making his presentation at the burial ceremony for victims.
AVM Amao, who got emotional, broke down several times weeping while reading his speech at the ceremony, where he described the deceased as some of the finest officers in the service and prayed to God to console their immediate families.
Those in attendance at the ceremony include the Ekiti State Governor , Dr Kayode Fayemi; Minister of Defence , Maj . Gen . Salihi Magashi ( retd. ); Women Affairs Minister, Dame Pauline Tallen; Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; the Chief of Defence Staff, Maj . Gen Lucky Irabor; the Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru; Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao , Senate and House Committees Chairmen on NAF, the family members of the deceased, among others.