Saturday, 1 September 2012


The remains of one of the Victims of the ill- fated Dana air crash and commanding officer of the  6 Battalion, Nigerian Army, Abak , Akwa Ibom state, Lt. col. Owoicho Jumbo Ochigbo  were today committed to mother earth amidst tears and wailing.

Top government officers including the president of the Senate, Senator David Mark, his wife Helen, minister of interior Comrade Abba Morro,  Akwa Ibom State Governor Godswill Akpabio,top military brass led by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) , 82 Division who represented the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Azubuike Ihejirika, wives of Military Officers, community leaders among others witnessed the emotion laden burial.

In his tribute at the grave side, the Senate President  lamented the untimely death of late Ochigbo whom he described as an officer and a gentleman in every sense of it.

He counseled the bereaved family and the Nigerian Army to take solace in the fact that the deceased lived an exemplary life worthy of emulation.

To lessen the pains of the bereaved , senator Mark announced scholarship to university level for the three children of late Ochigbo. He also adopted them as his children.

In his tribute, the chief of Army Staff, lamented  that  late Ochigbo will be greatly remembered for his gallantry, good sense of purpose and selfless service to his fatherland.

Akwa Ibom  state governor who had earlier paid a condolence visit to the bereaved family in Otukpo, Benue State described late Ochigbo as a very committed officer who would be missed greatly.

Late Ochigbo was the commanding officer of 6 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, Abak in Akwa Ibom state. He was among the 153 passengers of the ill- fated Dana Airline on June 3, 2012, in Lagos.

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