Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo has become a sensation following his heroic feat in the face of death.
Dairo, an Air Force fighter pilot, flew a military jet to bombard the bandits at their dens around Zamfara and Kaduna State.
He was said to be returning from the exercise when he ran into another sect of the bandits, who shot down the jet.
With death staring him in the face, he escaped unhurt.
NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, recounted how Dairo was able to cheat death in a statement her released.
It reads: “On 18 July 2021, at about 12.45 pm, a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha Jet aircraft, returning from a successful air interdiction mission between the boundaries of Zamfara and Kaduna states came under intense enemy fire which led to its crash in Zamfara State.
“Luckily, the gallant pilot of the aircraft, Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo, successfully ejected from the aircraft.
“Using his survival instincts, the pilot, who came under intense ground fire from the bandits was able to evade them and sought refuge in nearby settlements awaiting sunset. Using the cover of darkness and his phone set for navigation, Flight Lieutenant Dairo was able to elude several bandits’ strongholds and maneuvered his way to a Nigerian Army Unit, where he was finally rescued.”