The Nigerian Airforce (NAF) has lost Squadron Leader Bello Baba-Ari after aircraft crash in the Katampe area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on Friday.
He was buried yesterday according to Islamic rites, He was one of the three pilots involved in the incident that occurred in Katamkpe Hill at the country's capital.
Though Baba-Ari was said to have ejected from the aircraft, he later died due to complications from injuries sustained.
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, Director of Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force described the late Baba-Ari as "a gentleman officer, distinguished pilot, dedicated patriot and irrefutable hero of the war on terror".
In an update on the crash, Daramola also noted that NAF had instituted an air crash investigation into the incident.
The statement read:
"Two Nigerian Air Force (NAF) F-7Ni aircraft taking part in the rehearsals for the aerial display to mark Nigeria’s 58th Independence Anniversary Celebrations were involved in an air incident today, 28 September 2018.