Boko Haram: Czech Government Offers Scholarship to Wife of NAF Fallen Hero

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  • As Air Force finally confirms death of officer

Senator Iroegbu in Abuja

The Government of Czech Republic has offered a postgraduate scholarship to the wife of late Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fallen hero, Wing Commander Chinda Stephen Hedima, to study Epidemiology at the Czech Defence University, Prague.

The Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, disclosed this in a statement on Monday, saying the gesture was in the spirit of the existing cordial relationship between the Czech Republic and the NAF.

Famuyiwa said that late Wing Commander Hedima was killed in September 2014 by the Boko Haram terrorists while in operation in northeastern Nigeria.

This is the first time the Nigerian military authorities are confirming the death of the Air Force pilot, whose death during combat mission was subject to speculation.

The Air Force spokesman said that the senior officer, before his demise, had his combat simulator training on the Alpha Jet with Aero Vodochody in the Czech Republic.

According to him, the full scholarship award to Dr. (Mrs.) Hedima was in recognition of the ultimate sacrifice by her husband in the ongoing counter-insurgency operation in the North East.

Presenting the award, the Czech Republic Deputy Minister of Defence, Tomas Kuchta, said that the gesture was an extension of the friendship between the Czech Republic and Nigeria, and in recognition of the gallantry act exhibited by the late senior officer in the service Boko Haram: Czech Government Offers Scholarship to Wife of NAF Fallen Hero
•As Air Force finally confirms the death of officer
Senator Iroegbu in Abuja

The Government of Czech Republic has offered a postgraduate scholarship to the wife of late Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fallen hero, Wing Commander Chinda Stephen Hedima, to study Epidemiology at the Czech Defence University, Prague.

The Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, disclosed this in a statement yesterday, saying the gesture was in the spirit of the existing cordial relationship between the Czech Republic and the NAF.

Famuyiwa said that late Wing Commander Hedima was killed in September 2014 by the Boko Haram Terrorists while on operation in Northeast Nigeria.

However, this was the first time the Nigerian military authorities are confirming the death of the Air Force pilot, whose speculated death in during combat mission was subject to controversy.

The Air Force spokesman said that the senior officer, before his demise, had his combat simulator training on the Alpha Jet with Aero Vodochody in the Czech Republic.

According to him, the full scholarship award to Dr. (Mrs.) Hedima was in recognition of the ultimate sacrifice by her husband in the ongoing counter-insurgency operation in the North-East.

Presenting the award, the Czech Republic Deputy Minister of Defence, Tomas Kuchta, said that the gesture was an extension of the friendship between the Czech Republic and Nigeria, and in recognition of the gallantry exhibited by the late senior officer in the service of his fatherland.
his fatherland.