At the time the Defence Headquarters issued a statement after the plane had failed to return. (here)
“left Yola at about 10:45a.m on 12 September 2014 on a routine operational mission and was expected back by 12:00 noon”.
“Since then, all efforts to establish contact with the aircraft have not yielded any positive result,”
The video from early December 2014 shows the body of what may be the co-pilot who possibly died on impact, different parts of the airframe are displayed showing the Nigerian rounds.
The pilot then speaks whilst kneeling on the ground and explains the details of his capture.
A short rant follows from a man holding an axe in which Barak Obama is addressed by name.
A forty odd strike beheading ensues followed by the atypical display of the body.
Nigerian Army Support Group released the statement below on social media.
“This is his story. Read it, share it. This man was a hero, of the highest order.
“On 11/09/14, a company of NA soldiers attempted to overrun a BH position in Borno. Due to the low altitude, the plane suffered significant damage from the terrorists’ gunfire. Wing Commander Hedima and his partner realised that they were going to crash.
“They, instead of hurriedly parachuting to safety within Nigerian controlled territory, chose to embark on a mission to destroy as many terrorists and their weapons as possible”.
“They parachuted out at the last minute but not before ensuring their plane slammed into a column of terrorists; 63 Boko Haram members were killed as a result of their bravery.
“Wing Commander Hedima was captured. On 12/09/14, he was killed.
“He chose Nigeria, he chose all of us. We cannot forget him. Please share his story. His name should be known by everyone.
“Rest in peace Commander, we are grateful. May you find eternal peace; Thank you for your service.”
“The state of western Sudan (Nigeria) – drop the enemy aircraft and implement the rule of God in the pilot”
Wing Commander Hedima