Nigerian Air Force
In Facebook post, Matankari Deedee who described the late officer as "my baby" said she was proud of him, adding that he has "joined my cloud of witnesses."
The Niger government stated that there are no civilians currently living in combat areas as they are all in internally displaced persons camps in safe places.
A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) trainer aircraft reportedly crashed in Kaduna on Tuesday evening, April 19. The two pilots on board the aircraft were feared dead.
Following intelligence of terrorists moving in hundreds to their hideout at Kusasau, the Nigerian Air Force inflicted heavy damage on terrorists in Niger state.
The operation was said to have been set in motion after information that about 70 terrorists on 40 motorcycles and some on foot were sighted around the area.
The air component of Operation Thunder Strike and Operation Gama Aiki carried out airstrikes on terrorists that were sighted in Mariga local government area.