Nigeria: Ejigbo Plane Crash - AFCSC Remembers 165 Deceased Officers

27 September 2021

The Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), on Sunday, held a memorial service for the 165 military officers who died in a plane crash in 1992 at Ejigbo on the outskirts of Lagos.

Recall that Nigeria Air Force C-130 plane crashed on Sept. 26, 1992, killing all the passengers and crew members.

Reports have it that this is the fourth year the College is observing a memorial ceremony in honour of the 165 deceased officers.

In his remarks, Commandant of the College, AVM Ebenezer Alade, said it was with a heavy heart that they remembered the fallen heroes.

He said the unfortunate incident brought to an abrupt end, the lives of promising officers, with very bright futures in the Armed Forces, lamenting that the nation lost a generation of middle-level officers.

"It was in service to the nation that these noble officers and men that we remember today left the comforts of their homes and units after being posted to serve in the college as well as being nominated to attend Senior Course 15.

"The world will not remember for long, the words we say here today, but will forever remember the price paid by the beloved officers and men," he said.

According to him, the College has erected a befitting cenotaph, with the names of the fallen heroes, where their families can visit to remember their loved ones.

"This is to ensure that their names are not forgotten in the history of the College," he said.

Earlier, the Deputy Commandant of the College, Rear Adm. Patrick Nwatu, said among those that lost their lives were officers from the Republic of Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe, as well as a student of Nigerian Military School, Zaria.

In her remarks, Mrs Stella Onabolu, wife of one of the deceased officers, thanked the Armed Forces Command and Staff College for remembering their husbands in a grand style.

"They died for the nation, and the nation is remembering and recognising them despite having died 29 years ago," she said.

Vanguard News Nigeria

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 100 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.