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Nigerian Air Force denies paying bandits for captured anti-aircraft gun

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Nigerian Air Force denies paying bandits for captured anti-aircraft gun

The Nigerian Air Force, the NAF, has denied a report circulating on some media platforms alleging it paid 20 million naira to bandits who operate in the Jibia local government area in Katsina state. in exchange for a captured antiaircraft gun.

NAF spokesman Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet denied in a statement Sunday in Abuja.

According to Gabkwet, the report said the reason for the payment was to recover the anti-aircraft gun which he said could be used by the NAF against planes operating in the state.

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“The NAF wishes to state categorically that there is absolutely no iota of truth in the spurious allegation which has undoubtedly been designed to disparage the good image of the service.

“Said report is totally false. It should therefore be seen as fake news and ignored.

“Indeed, we would not normally have responded to such an unfounded and utterly illogical allegation without the need to set the record straight and reaffirm the NAF’s unwavering commitment to decisively deal with bandits and all. other criminal elements.

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“For the avoidance of doubt, it should be clarified that there is no basis for the NAF to pay bandits or criminal elements that it has continued to attack and decimate in Katsina, as well as in other parts of the country. Northwest and other operating theaters in the country.

“Indeed, as recently as October 12, NAF planes conducted five missions in the general area of ​​Jibia and engaged targets with rockets and cannons at the locations of the Bala Wuta bandits in Kadaoji.

“Similar successes have been recorded in Fakai Dutsin Anfare, an area of ​​Jibia known for its high incidence of bandit activity.

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“The false report therefore raises the question of why the NAF would negotiate an allegedly seized weapon and continue to conduct air interdiction missions on the same bandits and their strongholds.

“The NAF believes this latest false report could be part of a campaign to promote the cause of insecurity in Nigeria by elements who see the NAF as a threat following a series of exploits successful in operations against criminal gangs. “

He noted, however, that the development was once again a way for the NAF to call on members of the media, national and international, and social media, to be cautious in their reporting, as well as to always strive check their facts before going public.

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The director, however, urged audiences to ignore the lie emanating from certain sections of social and mainstream media.

He added that the NAF also took the opportunity to call on citizens to continue to cooperate with security agencies as efforts were underway to rid the whole country of criminals and their activities.

“From our side, the NAF as a professional and disciplined force will in no way be deterred from fulfilling its mandate of ridding the entire North West of banditry and other forms of crime.

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“We remain committed to fulfilling our function and will continue to work in synergy with other sister services and security agencies to rid the country of all criminal elements.”

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