In the wake of Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz bin Bandar Al Saud’s untimely death, President Bola Tinubu sent condolences on Saturday to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman of Saudi Arabia, and the Royal House of Saudi.
News About Nigeria gathered that on December 7, a Saudi Arabian Air Force F-15SA fighter plane crashed in Dhahran, resulting in the prince’s death.
While the Saudi Royal Court acknowledged the unfortunate incident, they did not provide information on the injuries that ultimately resulted in Prince Talal’s death.
News About Nigeria gathered that the 62-year-old prince was on a training mission, and the crash claimed the lives of one other pilot.
President Tinubu, through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, expressed deep sorrow over the loss.
The President praised Prince Talal for his committed and exemplary service to Saudi Arabia during his career in the Royal Saudi Air Force and the Saudi Intelligence Agency.
In a statement titled ‘President Tinubu Mourns Saudi Prince Talal Bin Abdulaziz Bin Bandar Al Saud,’ the President extended prayers for the repose of the departed prince’s soul.
He also prayed for comfort for the Royal House of Saud, the Kingdom, and all those mourning the irreparable loss.
Prince Talal’s death adds to the list of Saudi Royals killed in aviation accidents, dating back to the 2017 helicopter crash that killed Prince Mansour bin Muqrin and seven others near the Saudi-Yemeni border.
According to the Saudi monarchy, Prince Talal’s funeral will be held at the Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque in Riyadh.