Plateau’s Gov. Simon Lalong on Friday in Jos condoled with the family of Late Flt.-Lt. Henry Piyo, the co-pilot of the crashed Nigerian Air Forces (NAF), King Air B350i.
Piyo and six of his colleagues died in the air mishap which occurred on Feb. 21 near the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, after the plane developed an engine fault.
The governor’s condolence message is contained in a statement issued by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham.
Lalong, who met with the parents of the Plateau-born Piyo, described his death as a tragic loss to Plateau and to Nigeria and urged the family to accept the untimely death as the will of God.
Piyo hailed from Riyom Local Government Area of the state.
He said his memory of heroism was already recorded in the annals of history, and that the deceased would continue to be honoured for his ultimate sacrifice for the security and peace of the nation.
Lalong’s Kwara counterpart, Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazak and the Secretary to the Government of Plateau State, Prof. Danladi Atu, accompanied the Plateau governor on the condolence visit.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that Flt. Llt. Henry Piyo was a member of the 62 Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy.
He was born on May 11, 1991 and was commissioned as a pilot on Sept. 12, 2015.
Until his death, he was serving as a Squadron Pilot at the 307 Executive Airlift Group, Abuja.
The deceased NAF officers were buried on Thursday, Feb. 25 at the National Military Cemetery, Karonmajigi, Airport Road, Abuja. (NAN)