May 8, 2013
By KINGSLEY OMONOBI
FORTY-eight hours after the fatal Alpha jet accident involving two Nigerian Airforce pilots, who lost their lives in Niamey, authorities of Nigeria Air Force, yesterday, gave the names the pilots as Squadron Leader Benjamin Ado and Flying Officer Ayuba Layelmenson.
Both of them were young men with
one survived by a child, while the other
officer was a bachelor. The release of the names of the officers came as the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, paid condolence visits to families of both officers in Kaduna and Kainji.
A statement by Air Commodore Yusuf
Anas, Director of Air Force Public
Relations said: “Following the
unfortunate Alpha Jet accident of
yesterday, the Nigerian Air Force has
released the names of the two pilots that died in the aircraft in Niamey.
“The officers are Squadron Leader
Benjamin Ben Ado and Flying Officer
Ayuba Joab Layelmenson. “Ado hailed from Konchisha Local Government Area of Benue State and was a member of the 50th Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy.
“Flying Officer Layelmenson hailed
from Azare in Shongom Local Government Area of Gombe State and
was a member of the 57th Regular
Course. “He graduated from Hellenic Air Force Academy in July 2011 and was
commissioned as pilot officer.” “He was an instructor pilot and has flown many aircraft types in the inventory of the Nigerian Air Force as well as Pakistan and the United states.
The senior officer was married and
blessed with a child.