- Reports about a helicopter assisting bandits in northern Nigeria has continued to generate reactions
- The Arewa Consultative Forum has raised concerns over the controversial report
- Some communities in Northern Nigeria have been overrun by bandits
The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has reacted to reports that a helicopter allegedly used in supplying arms, foodstuffs, and other supplies to bandits has been impounded in Niger state.
The forum stated that there is a need to conduct a thorough investigation to ascertain who is behind the alleged helicopter supply to criminals, The Tribune reported.
The group in a statement by its spokesperson, Emmanuel Yawe, stated that the reports about the mysterious helicopter have been around for some time.
The forum said:
“ln reaction, our national chairman, Chief Audu Ogbe issued a statement calling for the ban to be extended to states such as Borno, Taraba, Benue, Yobe where there were rumours that arms, foodstuffs and other supplies were being dropped for bandits by a mysterious helicopter. Today, there are various accounts that a helicopter that has been used to drop suppllies for the criminals has been arrested.''
Reports had claimed that the helicopter supplying bandits in Arina Village of Shiroro local government area of Niger state was supernaturally brought down by locals.
It was reported that the locals supernaturally directed swarms of bees to cause the said helicopter to crash.
Meanwhile, a former head of state, Abdulsalami Abubakar, has discredited reports accusing him of having links to a helicopter impounded for supplying food to bandits.
The former Nigerian leader on Sunday, May 9, in a statement issued by his media aide, Dr Yakubu Suleiman, described the report as fake news, The Nation reported.
According to PM News, Suleiman called on Nigerians to ignore the false report, adding that it was intended to smear the image of Abubakar.
Meanwhile, the executive director of the Peering Advocacy And Advancement Centre in Africa (PAACA), Ezenwa Nwagwu, has said the Nigerian military is struggling to contain insurgents and bandits in the country due to patronage and cronyism in the recruitment process into security agencies.
Nwagwu made the comment during an exclusive interview with Legit.ng recently in Abuja. The activist noted that the training process in the military has been altered so as to be weaker in force, content, or value.