NAF denies N20m armed deal with bandits

NAF denies N20m armed deal with bandits

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The Nigerian Air Force has denied paying the sum of N20 million to armed bandits operating in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State in exchange for an anti-aircraft gun mopped-up during its counter insurgency operations.

Edward Gabkwet, Air Commodore Director of Public Relations and Information Nigerian Air Force made the clarification on Sunday in a statement.

Gabkwet said the misleading report circulating on some media platforms was designed to cast aspersions on the good image of the service, describing the allegation as false.

“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.

Accordingly, NAF recalled that 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.

it further explained that, similar successes were recorded at Fakai Dutsin Anfare, an area in Jibia LGA known for its high incidences of bandits’ activities.

“NAF wishes to appeal to members of the media, both local and international, as well as social media, to be circumspect in their reportage and endeavour to always verify their facts before going public.

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“The public is enjoined to disregard the falsehood emanating from some sections of the social and mainstream media.

“The NAF also uses this opportunity to call on citizens to continue to cooperate with security agencies as efforts are ongoing to rid the entire Nation of criminals and their activities”, according to the statement.

The statement explained that, NAF, as a professional and disciplined force, will not in any way be discouraged from carrying out its mandate to rid the entire North-West Nigeria of banditry and other forms of criminality.

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