President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed heartfelt condolences to the Nigerian Air Force, and relations of five people who lost their lives in a military helicopter crash January 2 in Damasak, Borno State.
Buhari, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, commiserated with Flight Lieutenant Perowei Jacob (Pilot in Command), Flight Lieutenant Kaltho Paul Kilyofas (Co-Pilot), Sergeant Auwal Ibrahim (Flight Technician), Lance Corporal Adamu Nura (Gunner), and Aircraftman Meshack Ishmael (Gunner), who died in the mishap.
He said it was sad that the fine officers and men lost their lives in the bid to guarantee the safety and protection of their countrymen.
He added rather than dampen the morale of troops fighting insurgency in the North-east, the unfortunate development would rather bolster their resolve to completely eliminate all evildoers within the shortest possible time.
The president noted that the dead officers and men were heroes, who paid the supreme price for peace to reign in the country.