MEET FRANK OSHANUGOR
By Frank Oshanugor
Authorities of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) have constituted a Board to diligently inquire into the alleged bombing of civilian settlement in Yobe State which resulted in the death of about ten persons and thirty two injured on Wednesday.
In a statement on Thursday morning, the Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet said “Following intelligence on Boko Haram/ISWAP movements along the Kamadougou Yobe River line, an aircraft from the Air Component of Operation Hadin Kai was detailed to respond to the suspected terrorists activities in the area along the Nigeria/Niger border at about 0600hrs on 15 September 2021.
“The aircraft while operating South of Kanama observed suspicious movement consistent with Boko Haram terrorists behaviour whenever a Jet aircraft is overhead. Accordingly, the pilot fired some probing shots. It is important to state that the area is well known for continuous Boko Haram /ISWAP activities.
Unfortunately reports reaching Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Headquarters alleged that some civilians were erroneously killed while others were injured.”
“Initial release denying the involvement of NAF aircraft was based on the first report available to the Air Component which was subsequently forwarded to NAF headquarters that civilians were bombed as the aircraft detailed for the mission was not carrying bombs.”
“Therefore, a Board of Inquiry has been set up to thoroughly investigate the circumstances of the incident.”
It would be recalled that NAF authorities had on Wednesday denied any involvement in the bombing of civilian settlement despite vehement assertion by the natives who witnessed the bombing but survived it.