- Wife of late NAF pilot, Perowei Jacob, said she found out about her husband's death from WhatsApp status
- The widow said the WhatsApp status update was that of her husband’s colleague
- The couple were married for three weeks before the demise of the pilot
The sad news of the demise of the Nigerian Air Force pilot, Flight Lieutenant Perowei Jacob, who died in the January 2, 2019, Mi-35M helicopter crash, was not officially passed to his wife until she saw it on a WhatsApp status update.
Diepreye Jacob, the wife of the late pilot, said the WhatsApp status update was that of her husband’s colleague, who was unaware that she had his number.
The Punch reports that the wife of the late pilot said it was after seeing the disastrous news on the WhatsApp status, that the commander visited her to inform her of the crash.
The couple married on December 8, 2018 and the husband died three weeks later in the January 2 crash.
Diepreye said: “My husband left for the trip five days after we got married and since he left, I’ve been alone. We spoke before he took off on the trip. When I tried his number at night, it was not going through and I switched off my phone afterwards. The following morning, I tried reaching him again, but it still was not going through.
“I went on WhatsApp and I saw the picture of my husband and his co-pilot with the caption: ‘Rest in Peace’ on the status update of one of his colleagues, who didn’t know that I had his WhatsApp number. When I saw it, I was so shocked that I threw my phone away in disbelieve. I picked it up again and went through it. Just as I was about running out of the house, the commander arrived to confirm my fear.”
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Legit.ng earlier reported that two pilots and three crew members, who died in the recent Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Mi-35M helicopter crash, would be buried at the National military cemetery in Abuja on Tuesday, January 8.
The military officers died in the line of duty as they were providing close-air support to troops of 145 Battalion, Damasak, Borno, in the ongoing counter-insurgency operations.
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