- The Nigerian Air Force as denied ignoring a distress call when armed bandits attacked a village in Zamfara state
- The NAF said it was deliberately concocted to disparage the good name and reputation of the service
- The allegation was made by the Emir of Bungudu in Zamfara
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has denied a statement attributed to the Emir of Bungudu in Zamfara, alleging that the NAF ignored a distress call when armed bandits attacked Makwa village in Kura Mota district of Bungudu local government area in the state.
The Emir had claimed that the local government chairman, while supposedly alerting the NAF commander, was allegedly told, by the commander, that he was not supposed to have picked the chairman’s call, “since you people have decided to disgrace us.”
NAF spokesman, Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Wednesday, May 1 stated that the said report and the alleged remarks by the Emir, are fraught with errors and inconsistencies, deliberately concocted to disparage the good name and reputation of the service.
He added that the media report is unprofessional and disingenuous.
His words: “For the avoidance of doubts, the public is to please note that the NAF first received information about the attack on Makwa village from the headquarters Operation Sharan Daji (HQ OPSD) at about 1934hrs on Saturday, 27 April 2019, even before the LGA chairman called the NAF commander.
“A team of NAF Special Forces (SF) personnel was therefore immediately dispatched to Makwa, which is about 12Km off the road into the forest, with barely motorable tracks.
“As at the time the Bungudu LGA chairman called, the Commander informed him, without any acrimony or recriminations, that the NAF team was already on its way to the village. However, by the time the SF Team arrived and surgically stormed the village, to avoid attacking innocent civilians, the bandits had already fled.
“It must also be highlighted that the newspaper displayed gross unprofessionalism in the fact that it did not make any attempt whatsoever to contact the NAF on the issues relating to the incident at Makwa village before publishing its story.
“The NAF finds it rather mischievous that anyone would spread such deliberate misinformation whilst the service is doing its best to effectively respond to the challenges facing the good people of Zamfara state and its environs.
“The NAF, as a professional service, remains committed to ensuring the safety and security of all Nigerians. Accordingly, we shall continue to work assiduously, in synergy with sister services and other security agencies, to rid the north-west of all criminal elements.”
Legit.ng had previously reported that the troops of the Operation Sharan Daji in Zamfara arrested the vice chairman of Anka local government area of the state, Yahuza Wuya for alleged links to bandits.
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