INVESTIGATION COMMENCES ON ALLEDGED AIRCRAFT FIRING OF CIVILIAN SETTLEMENTS

Oru Leonard

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), said it has set up a Board of Inquiry to thoroughly investigate the circumstances of the incident which commenced immediately on alleged aircraft firing of civilian settlements.

The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information of Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet noted in a press release explained that following intelligence on Boko Haram/ISWAP movements along the Kamadougou Yobe River line, an aircraft from the Air Component of Operation Hadin Kai was detailed to respond to the suspected terrorists activities in the area along the Nigeria/Niger border at about 0600hrs on 15 September 2021. The aircraft while operating South of Kanama observed suspicious movement consistent with Boko Haram terrorists behaviour whenever a Jet aircraft is overhead. Accordingly, the pilot fired some probing shots. It is important to state that the area is well known for continuous Boko Haram /ISWAP activities. Unfortunately reports reaching Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Headquarters alleged that some civilians were erroneously killed while others were injured.

He further said the initial release denying the involvement of NAF aircraft was based on the first report available to the Air Component which was subsequently forwarded to NAF headquarters that civilians were bombed as the aircraft detailed for the mission was not carrying bombs.

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