Pilot of crashed Air Force jet Ibrahim Abubakar buried

Late NAF pilot Ibrahim Abubakar burial

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Tuesday buried flight lieutenant Ibrahim Abubakar pilot of the NAF MI-171 jet that crashed in Niger State.

Abubakar was buried in Zaria, Kaduna State after a prayer conducted at Haruna Danja Jumma’at Mosque and led by the chief imam, Sheikh Muhammad Gumi.

NAF personnel, the bereaved family, friends and well-wishers were present at the burial.

The family of the late pilot had earlier performed a proxy funeral prayer (Salatul Gha’ib) for the deceased at Gaskiya corporation mosque in Tudun Jukun, Zaria.


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Abubakar Adamu, elder brother of the deceased, explained in an interview that the family performed a proxy funeral prayer in absentia for the deceased when they could not receive the pilot’s corpse.

“When we concluded that we might not see the corpse of late Ibrahim, the family decided to conduct a funeral prayer for the deceased in absentia which was observed on Thursday as ordained by our religion, Islam,” he said.

Mother of the deceased A’ishatu Adams told Daily Trust that her son was the 27th child of the family and was loved by all due to his good character.