Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello has described as unfortunate and tragic the crash of a Military Aircraft King Air 350 enroute Minna on Sunday.

Governor Sani Bello in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel- Berje expressed sadness over the incident saying it is a setback to the military in tackling security challenges confronting the state.

“It is painful and pathetic that the Air force intelligence Jet conveying seven persons including crew members crashed while on an official engagement.

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” It is a setback to the Military now that the security forces are being overstretched due to security challenges confronting Niger State at the moment and the country at large”, he said.

The governor prayed for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives, and to give their families, close associates, Aviation Minister the Nigerian Military the fortitude to bear the loss.

A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Beechcraft KingAir B350 aircraft was said to have departed Abuja for Minna with seven persons on board including two crew members and crashed landed on the final approach path of Abuja Runway 22 after reporting engine failure.

All the seven persons on board are said to have died.