Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo aka the aggressor, is among the lucky men of the Nigeria Air force who narrowly escaped death from the hands of armed gangs known as bandits terrorizing most north-western states.
Banditry, which has become a means of livelihood for some unscrupulous individuals in the country, with increase in the rates of senseless and incessant kidnapping of innocent citizens being reported almost on daily basis, met the frown of President Muhammadu Buhari, who directed gallant men of the Armed Forces to see to the end the societal menace especially in volatile regions of kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara among other northern states.
Taking to heart the directives from the President, gallant men of the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) and their other colleagues, have since taken over the challenge to end the spread of banditry and its attendant damages through intensive air operations resulting in hundreds of bandits being neutralized and several of their hideouts destroyed.
However, the bravery of Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo, the pilot of the fighter jet, attacked by armed bandits on July 18th as gathered from the NAF Spokesman, Edward Gabkwet, became news when he escaped untimely death despite attacks by armed gangs on the NAF aircraft. Dairo said his ‘survival instincts’ made him survive the ordeal.
Reports also revealed that part of the ‘survival instincts’ used by the gallant pilot, were the cover of darkness, and his phone; with which he was able to elude several bandits strongholds, find shelter with local residents after which he maneuvered his way to a Nigerian Army unit where he was finally rescued.
The NAF spokesperson assert that, “the willingness, readiness, and tested ability of the NAF remains unshaken and unwavering as it continues to carry out its assigned roles…”
Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo has since been given a heroic welcome back to the Air force base by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, among other members of the NAF.
It is worth mentioning that among several plane crashes in the country, Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo’s plane crash, is the first case of armed gangs’ involvement.