Humanitarian Minister grieves over NAF plane crash



Chimezie Godfrey


NPower

Minister Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Development has expressed deep sorrow following the crash a Nigerian Air Force Beechcraft KingAir B350i Aircraft on Sunday in Abuja.

The plane was said to have developed an engine problem and crashed.

Umar Farouq expressed sadness on the crash and loss lives aboard the aircraft.

She said,”I am deeply shocked and saddened this tragic occurrence. I sympathize with the Nigerian Airforce and the families those who lost their lives in the crash.

“The Nigerian Airforce has been immense help to our humanitarian activities since the creation of the Ministry. They have helped to airlift humanitarian relief for Persons of Concern (POCs) especially during the lockdown period to curtail the spread of Covid 19 in 2020 and to victims of flood, banditry, communal clashes and other disasters.

“We appreciate the services of the air crew especially the pilots who have put in hundreds of hours of flying us to and from areas affected disasters and other humanitarian issues.

“We pray that God will console the families they left behind and grant the fortitude to bear the loss of their dear ones.

Seven passengers were reportedly onboard the ill-fated aircraft including crew members.