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Air Force immortalises fighter pilots killed in Mali battle

By Kingsley Omonobi

Abuja —The Nigerian Air Force, yesterday,  immortalised two of its Alpha Jet fighter pilots, late Squadron Leader BB Ado, and Flying Officer AJ Layelmenson, who lost their lives during a military operation to stop terrorists backed-rebels from over running the administration of Mali in 2013.

The Alpha jets they flew were said to have crashed during the African-led International Support Mission to Mali, AFISMA.

Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar,  who immortalised the officers by naming newly constructed Transit and Married Officers blocks of flats after them at NAF Base, Abuja, said: “The two blocks of flats have been appropriately named after our two gallant officers,  who died while on active duty during AFISMA in 2013.”

Sadique said: “Two young officers paid the supreme sacrifice while carrying out the noble task of projecting our nation’s interest, hence the need to immortalize them.”

This is in consonance with this administration’s efforts at preserving the memories of our fallen heroes and heroines.”

While handing over keys to officers who benefitted from the allocation of the flats, the Air Chief said Squadron Leader Ado’s block will be used as a permanent accommodation for married officers while Flying Officer Layelmenson’s block will be used as transit quarters for officers.




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