Air Force officers in Abuja plane crash were on mission to rescue Kagara students

The house of representatives says the Nigerian air force personnel who died in the plane crash in Abuja were en route Niger state to rescue students abducted from Government Science College, Kagara.

Shehu Koko, chairman of the house committee on air force, disclosed this in a statement.

TMZNaija had reported that the Beechcraft KingAir B350i (NAF 201) conveying the military personnel crashed near the Abuja airport as it was returning after take-off.

None of the seven onboard survived the mishap.

“We highly regret the loss of our gallant officers who apparently were on a mission to rescue the kidnapped students of a secondary school in Kagara community in Niger State,” Koko said.

He commiserated with the families of the deceased officers, assuring that assured that investigation into the incident will “begin in earnest to determine the remote cause”.

The officers were heading to Niger, four days after bandits abducted 42 persons including 27 students during an early morning attack in Kagara.

There is no official information on their whereabouts of the students yet, but the federal government has promised to ensure their safe and swift release.

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