NAF denies ignoring rescue calls during latest Chibok attack

NAF denies ignoring rescue calls during latest Chibok attack

- A recent news story in an online newspaper has been dismissed by the Nigerian Air Force

- The story suggested the Air Force neglected its duties in the northeast

- The Nigerian Air Force has described the report as an outright lie

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has been reacted to a publication in an online platform alleging that it did not respond to calls for support when suspected Boko Haram insurgents attacked Takulashi Village in Shikarkir Ward, Chibok Local Government Area of Borno state on Sunday, November 1.

In a statement sent to journalists on Monday, November 2, NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola said there is no iota of truth in the news story.

He said the NAF did not receive any call for support regarding an attack at the area mentioned on the said day.

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NAF denies ignoring rescue calls during latest Chibok attack
The Nigerian Air Force under Air Marshal Saddique Abubakar has carried out several air interdictions in the northeast. Photo credit: @NigAirForce
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Part of the statement read:

“It is utterly ludicrous to insinuate that the NAF would fail to respond to any such situation if called upon. The general public is therefore enjoined to discountenance the evidently false report.

“It is equally disingenuous of the online medium to refer to an isolated incident that had its peculiar nuances of predisposition to collateral damage as a basis for justifying their blatantly false claims. This smacks of gross unprofessionalism and obvious deliberate intent at mischief.”

Air Commodore assured that the Nigerian Air Force will continue to do its utmost to ensure the security of Nigeria and Nigerians across the country.

He added:

“We remain resolute in performing our function and will continue to work in synergy with other security agencies to rid the country of insurgents.

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“Hence, we will not be distracted by such evidently orchestrated attempts to tarnish the hard-earned, good image of the service.”

Recently, the land and air components of Operation Thunder Strike neutralised scores of armed bandits in a joint offensive operation.

The move was aimed at clearing identified bandits’ camps in the Yadi and Kufai Shantu areas of Giwa local government area of Kaduna state. gathered that the operation was executed on Saturday, October 24 on the heels of human intelligence reports as well as series of aerial surveillance missions that led to the identification of the hideouts of a notorious bandits’ leader and his fighters.

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