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NAF speaks on paying N20m to Bandits to avoid shooting down Buhari’s Plane

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NAF speaks on paying N20m to Bandits to avoid shooting down Buhari’s Plane

The Nigerian Airforce denied claims in the media on Sunday that it had given N20 million to armed banditsoperating in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State in return for an anti-aircraft cannon that had been captured.

In a statement which was signed by Edward Gabkwet, Air Commodore Director of Public Relations and Information Nigerian Air Force said,

“The attention of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has been drawn to news reports circulating on some media platforms alleging that the NAF, through one of its personnel, paid the sum of N20 Million to armed bandits operating in Jibia Local Government Area (LGA) of Katsina State in exchange for an anti-aircraft gun allegedly seized.

He said, the NAF wishes to state categorically, that there is absolutely no iota of truth in the allegation, describing it as false.

He said the report was designed to cast aspersions on the good image of the service.

“NAF would not have responded to such baseless and utterly illogical allegation but for the need to set the record straight as well as reaffirm the NAF’s unflinching commitment to decisively dealing with the armed bandits and all other criminal elements in the Country.

“For the avoidance of doubt, it must be stated that there is no basis for the NAF to pay bandits or any criminal elements that it has continued to attack and decimate in Katsina State, other parts of the North-West as well as other Theatres of Operation in the Country,” the statement said.

He further said, On October 12, 2021, NAF aircraft conducted 5 missions in the Jibia general area and engaged targets with rockets and cannons at Bala Wuta bandits’ locations in Kadaoji, adding that, similar successes were recorded at Fakai Dutsin Anfare, an area in Jibia LGA known for its high incidences of bandits’ activities.

The statement added that the false reports could be a part of a campaign to further the cause of insecurity in Nigeria by elements who see the NAF as a threat following a series of successful exploits in operations against criminal gangs.


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