Sunday, October 5, 2014

How a Nigerian Air Force pilot killed 63 Boko Haram terrorists before they beheaded him

Wing Commander Chimda Hedima

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

It would be recalled that Boko Haram recently released a new video in which the sect leader, Abubakar Shekau declared he was still alive contrary to claims by Nigerian military that he was killed in Kodunga, Borno State. In the video, they claimed responsibility of shooting down a Nigerian Air Force jet, and also showed the beheading of the pilot.

Despite some military sources claiming the man beheaded in the Boko Haram video is unknown to them, friends of the Wing Commander have paid him tribute.

"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."

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