Wed. Jul 24th, 2024

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has advised
Nigerians to ignore some videos being circulated on Social Media depicting that the missing NAF Jet was shot down by terrorists.

This was contained in a statement by the NAF director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet.

He said the contents of the videos making the rounds should be ignored until all investigations as to how the aircraft crashed are completed.

The NAF Alpha Jet aircraft, was reported missing in Borno State on 31 March 2021 after losing radar contact.

The NAF spokesperson indicated thst, “One of such videos, in particular, began with sporadic shooting by several terrorists, including underaged children on motorcycles and vehicles.

*It later skipped abruptly to a scene depicting an aircraft exploding mid-air, supposedly as a result of enemy action. “Another part of the video showed a terrorist, who, while standing by the wreckage, claimed that they had shot down the NAF aircraft”

However, he admitted that the video is still being thoroughly analysed.
“It is evident that most parts of the video were deliberately doctored to give the false impression that the aircraft was shot down.

“For instance, the video clip failed to show the correlation between the sporadic shooting, which even from casual observation was obviously aimed at ground targets, and the sudden mid-air aircraft explosion.

“In addition, it is almost impossible for an aircraft to have exploded mid-air, in the manner depicted in the video, and still have a good part of its fuselage, including its tail, intact.

“Indeed, an explosive impact of that nature would have scattered the debris of the aircraft across several miles.”

According to him, It is obvious that the Boko Haram Sect, in its characteristic manner of employing false propaganda, is seeking to claim credit for what was obviously an air accident that could have been caused by several other reasons.
He said they are talking about a time when the capability of the group to inflict mayhem has been significantly degraded by the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

Consequent upon that he said NAF, on its part, remains resolute and will continue to work assiduously, in synergy with sister Services and other security agencies, to rid the North East of all terrorist elements.

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