Tinubu mourns Saudi prince killed in jet crash

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President Bola Tinubu has commiserated with King Salman of Saudi Arabia and the Royal House of Saud on the death of Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz bin Bandar Al Saud.

The Saudi Royal Court announced the prince’s passing in a terse statement published by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

According to the statement, Prince Talal, 62, died when the Saudi Arabian Air Force’s F-15SA fighter plane crashed in Dhahran on December 7.

“The funeral prayer will be performed tomorrow, December 8, following the Aser prayer at the Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque in Riyadh,” the press release dated December 7 read in part.

In a December 9 statement signed by his media aide, Ajuri Ngelale, the Nigeria president expressed grief at the loss, while acknowledging the departed prince’s excellent and dedicated service to his country throughout his outstanding career in the Royal Saudi Air Force and the Saudi Intelligence Agency.

“As his memory is forever etched in the annals of the Kingdom he loved dearly, the President prays God Almighty to grant repose to the soul of the departed, and comfort for the Royal House of Saud, the Kingdom, and all who mourn this irreparable loss,” Tinubu said.

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