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Sunday, October 5, 2014

How Beheaded Air Force Pilot Killed 63 Boko Haram Members

Friends and colleagues of Wing Commander Chimda Hedima, who was reportedly beheaded by Boko Haram, have given a vivid account of how the Air Force pilot spent his last days.

Hedima, who was showered with praises by thousands of Nigerians on Saturday, reportedly kept a dignified composure in the face of death in the hands of Abubakar Shekau and his heartless boys.

Hedima's colleagues on different social media on Saturday said the gallant man, who was born in 1975, crashed the aircraft into an area where Boko Haram militants were and killed at least 63 of the insurgents. On the Facebook page of the Nigerian Army Support Group, his friends wrote:

"It is with deep regret that we announce the death of a true Nigerian hero, Wing Commander Chimda Hedima. This man was a hero of the highest order. 

"On September 11, 2014, a company of Nigerian Army soldiers attempted to overrun a Boko Haram position in Borno. Due to the low altitude, the plane suffered significant damage from the terrorists' gunfire. 

"Wing Commander Hedima and his partner realised that they were going to crash...

"They, instead of hurriedly parachuting to safety within Nigerian controlled territory, chose to embark on a mission to destroy as many terrorists and their weapons as possible. They parachuted out at the last minute but not before ensuring that their plane slammed into a column of terrorists in which 63 Boko Haram members were killed as a result of their bravery.

"Wing Commander Hedima was captured. On September 12, he was killed.

"He chose Nigeria, he chose all of us. We cannot forget him. Please share his story. His name should be known by everyone.

"Rest in peace Commander, we are grateful. May you find eternal peace."

Before reporting the beheading of Hedima, French news agency, Agence France-Presse, had reported that it was in possession of a Boko Haram video that showed that Abubakar Shekau, a leader of the sect, was still alive.

This came a few days after the military's Director of Information, Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, said Shekau had been killed early September in Kodunga, Borno State. The military had also shown photographs that it claimed showed the corpse of Shekau.

But Shekau, in the video, described as propaganda the claim by the Defence Headquarters that he had been killed. While claiming responsibility for shooting down an Air Force jet, the video also showed the beheading of the pilot.

His brother, Parry Hedima, wrote on his Facebook page that Hedima's shoes were too big to fill. He said, "There is a big shoe to fill. Lord I need your feet."

One of Hedima's friends, Musa Salmanu, also described him as a hero. May his soul rest in peace!

2 comments:

  1. Farewell great man

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  2. enjoyed reading interesting acticle about the accentz that was very nice of you puttong that down Nigeria is turning to something els u know myself live in Huston-Texas before coming down to Germany for 25 years now I left the country CEO/Will-Hit Records but I speak my pegen English were there one likes it or not I still not forget my Ukwale language from Delta state brother let us be who we are tanx bro may God bless u..Willie Opana!

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