Tragedy As 34-Yr-Old Who Renounced Nigeria to Join US Navy Dies in Red Sea, Photos, Details Emerge

Tragedy As 34-Yr-Old Who Renounced Nigeria to Join US Navy Dies in Red Sea, Photos, Details Emerge

  • A Nigerian-born naval officer based in the United States, Michael Aregbesola, has reportedly passed on
  • Reports disclosed that the US naval officer of Nigerian descent died in the Red Sea after falling overboard while in operation
  • The US Navy confirmed the development via a statement and shared further details about the deceased, describing him as a selfless officer journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

A Nigerian-born United States naval officer, Michael Aregbesola, has reportedly died in the Red Sea after falling overboard while in operation.

US confirmed death of Nigerian-born Naval officer, Michael Aregbesola
Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Oriola Michael Aregbesola went overboard while deployed in the Red Sea. Photo credit: @OrissAreg_ (Orie Areg)
Source: Twitter

As reported by The Punch, the US Navy confirmed his death on Saturday, March 23, via a statement.

According to the US Navy, Aregbosola, assigned to the “Swamp Foxes” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74, was deployed with a detachment aboard Mason, which has been operating in the US 5th Fleet since November.

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The Navy also commended his outstanding performance before and during deployment.

In the statement provided on the naval website, the Pentagon wrote:

“Petty Officer Aregbesola fully embodied the selfless character and thoughtful warrior spirit of the United States Navy Sailor,” said Cmdr. Eric Kohut, HSM-74 commanding officer.
“His outstanding performance prior to and during deployment went well beyond aircraft maintenance; he truly saw and valued every member of the ship/air team.
“He will continue on in the heart of every Swamp Fox and our brothers and sisters in the IKE Carrier Strike Group. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with his family,” the statement added.

Who is Michael Aregbesola?

Aregebsola was a Nigerian who became a sensation in 2020 after renouncing Nigeria to join the US Navy. He claimed the force saw potential in him and made him a sailor.

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He confirmed the development in a post on his X account (formerly Twitter).

The young man tweeted:

"I was jobless for so many years, my country of birth (Nigeria, now renounced) failed me, but the U.S. NAVY saw potentials in me and made me a fine ass sailor, working on Jet engines."

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In another development, reported that a claim has appeared online saying Nigeria’s Centre for Disease Control former boss, Chikwe Ihekweazu, was executed by the US Navy.

Ihekweazu is a Nigerian epidemiologist, public health physician and the incumbent WHO’s assistant director-general for health emergency intelligence and surveillance systems.

A fact-checking platform investigated the claim that Ihekweazu was executed at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

Following its scrutiny, Africa Check said the supposed execution “never happened”. It concluded that the claim was false.


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