Family members and friends could not hold back tears on Thursday, as the seven Air Force personnel who lost their lives in an aircraft crash on Sunday were laid to rest.
The burial took place at the National Military Cemetery, Lugbe, airport road, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
The aircraft crashed while en route to Minna to conduct intelligence missions towards the rescue of students, teachers and their family members abducted from the Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State.
Oluwasola Sola, elder sister of Olawunmi (ATOS Specialist), was reported to have said her brother was on leave when he was called by his superior to come for an operation.
She said the deceased left behind three children and that he had been the only one taking care of the family, particularly their aged mother.
The victims are: Haruna Gadzama (pilot); Henry Piyo (co-pilot); Micheal Okpara (airborne tactical observation system specialist) and Bassey Etim (ATOS Specialist).
Others are: Olasunkanmi Olawunmi (ATOS specialist), Ugochukwu Oluka (ATOS specialist) and Adewale Johnson (onboard technician).
Kayode Fayemi, governor of Ekiti State, Bashir Magashi, Defence Minister, and the service chiefs, attended the burial ceremony.