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How I Survived Military Jet Shot Down By Bandits – Nigerian Air Force Pilot




Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo, the Nigerian Air Power pilot, who ejected from an Alpha Jet who was shot down by bandits in Zamfara State, has given graphic particulars of the incident.


Dairo said that his escape was orchestrated by means of the assistance of Almighty God.

SaharaReporters had on Monday reported that Dairo fortunately escaped the Alpha Jet belonging to the Nigerian Air Power which crashed throughout an anti-banditry operation in Zamfara State.

The jet crashed on Sunday round 12.45pm whereas getting back from an air interdiction mission between the boundary of Zamfara and Kaduna states.

The NAF Spokesman, Edward Gabkwet had stated on Monday that the jet “got here below intense enemy fireplace which led to its crash in Zamfara State.”

Nonetheless, Dairo escaped and had been celebrated since then.

In his submission, the fight pilot indicated that he had a premonition of the encounter, days earlier than the Nigerian navy assigned him on the mission.

He stated, “Earlier than Sunday I had been having goals the place I noticed myself combating and evading enemies like real-time battle, day in day trip, like nightmares. So when my jet acquired shot with the explosives and my flight controls have been destroyed and I had no selection however to eject, I simply stated ‘God, lastly, right here we go.’

“As I used to be flanked by the bandits, I saved praying and I saved telling God to reply your prayers as a result of I knew you have been all praying for me. I really like you all. And I thank God for bestowing his love on me and saving me from demise a number of occasions inside that interval.

“I’ll nonetheless share my testimonies however really, God ordered my steps, the bandits (in the meantime they’re ruthless like Boko Haram, I don’t know why we nonetheless name them bandits) have been extra concerned about capturing me than capturing me at (even at point-blank vary). Ultimately, they acquired neither.

“It’s now I’m feeling all of the pains I suffered from the ejection (together with a fracture in my neck and painful again and chest), however God didn’t enable these pains to sluggish me down for the bandits to seize me.

“NAF platforms overhead additionally helped to discourage them rather a lot by making a few of them to pin down whereas I saved operating, and after they acquired near me, I used to be nonetheless capable of evade them by camouflaging (I used to be sporting inexperienced Federal Authorities fits – within the inexperienced forest) and concealing myself.

“I bumped into loads spiders and I laid down a number of occasions out of weak point not figuring out if something toxic would sting or chew me. All glory is to God, all glory. I’ve not been your most righteous brother, however I felt God’s palms in every part. Even in each determination I took instantly I used to be shot, all the choices labored collectively to avoid wasting my life.

“Within the village I finally entered at evening, I informed God that the primary particular person I see and name ought to favour me and that occurred. They dropped me with their Emir who with satisfaction and pleasure known as the Nigerian Military males to return and meet me (all of them had sleepless nights).

“NAF helicopters additionally got here to choose me up from there. There’s a lot to say. All because of God, thanks a lot, love.”


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