- The Nigerian Air Force clears the air on the alleged killing of 250 Boko Haram members in the capital of Borno state
- NAF wants Nigerians to disregard the report as fake while noting that nothing of such happened
- The security agency says it is taking steps to prosecute the man who first released the alleged fake news
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), on Sunday, February, 16, reacted to a report that its men attacked and killed 250 suspected Boko Haram members in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state.
Borno, located in the north eastern part of Nigeria, has been the hotbed of insecurity in the country.
NAF, through a statement by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, its spokesperson, described an earlier report that claims its personnel killed the number of insurgents as fake.
It said the report had come to the public in the form of a breaking news and indicated that the attack against the terrorists was recorded in Maiduguri.
According to NAF, the alleged false report was released on February 13, 2020 by one ‘Comr Aminu Shuaibu Musawa’.
"The NAF wishes to categorically state that the false sensational news item, with its gory doctored visuals, is totally fake and did not originate from the NAF," the security agency said.
It urged news organisations and journalists to disregard the information by the said Musawa adding that its details of its activities would be constantly made public through the right channels, one of which is its website, www.airforce.mil.ng
The statement also gave the following handles as sources of its information to the public:
1. Twitter - @NigAirForce
2. Facebook - Nigerian Air Force HQ (@hqnigerianairforce)
3. Instagram - Nigerian Air Force
4. YouTube - Nigerian Air Force
It informed the public that any information that does not come from the listed sources and not verified by the organisation should be disregarded.
It also said it is already taking strong steps to ensure that the purveyor of the alleged fake news of the killing of the terrorists is prosecuted.
In the report, NAF was said to have neutralised some terrorist commanders in Borno state and that this was contained in a statement by Daramola.
According to him, the groundbreaking operation was conducted by the troops of Operation Rattle Snake 3 near the Sambisa Forest in Borno state on Saturday, February 8.