- Nigeria has lost one of its former renowned pilots, Captain Paul Mamman Thahal
- Thahal was the former managing director of Nigeria Airways
- Thalal also served a pilot to the former military head of state, Yakubu Gowon, for nine years
- The former pilot's death has caused pain to President Muhammadu Buhari who recalled that he also co-founded the Nigeria Prays Organisation along with Gowon
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep sadness over the death of Captain Paul Mamman Thahal who served as Yakubu Gowon's pilot for nine years.
Thahal, apart from serving as the former managing director of Nigeria Airways, was also very instrumental in Gowon's establishment of Nigeria Prays Organisation, known as a national spiritual platform.
President Buhari, in a condolence message released through a presidential media aide, Garba Shehu, commiserated with the former military head of state on the demise of his late friend and confidant.
The president also consoled with the bereaved family of the former pilot, especially his wife, Atsa Thahal, as well as the entire staff of the ministry of aviation.
Buhari hailed the former vice-chairman of the organisation for his Christian virtues like generosity, humility and selflessness as well as doing his utmost to promoting the kingdom of God on earth.
The Nigerian leader prayed that heaven will remember Thalal's efforts in nation-building as he returns to the great beyond.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that following the funeral of Nigeria's first female combat helicopter pilot, Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) had handed over three suspects involved in the accident that led to her death to the Nigeria Police.
Air Commodore, Ibikunle Daramola, the director of public relations and information in a statement revealed the names of the suspects as Nehemiah Adejoh, Igbekele Folorunsho and Festus Gbayegun.
Daramola said the suspects who were former schoolmates of late Arotile were handed to the police on Friday, July 24, at the NAF Base Kaduna. The Commander 453 Base Services Group (453 BSG), Group Captain Hadi Ahmed, speaking abou the accident recalled that the car driven by Adejoh, with the other two suspects knocked down Arotile while she was walking.
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