A Nigerian Air Force aircraft has admitted to being responsible for the accidental shooting at Buhari village, in the Yunusari Local Government of Yobe State.
A spokesman for the Air Force, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, earlier denied that Ten villagers had been killed by the incident READ MORE
Gabkwet had earlier responded to a tweet on the incident with, “This tweet is utterly false.”. Yobe State (Not Yunusari LGA) was the location of the NAF’s last mission into Yobe State on 5 September 2021, which was an armed reconnaissance expedition. It was not even necessary to use a bomb or missile. Thank you.”
A statement released by the Air Force spokesman on Thursday admitted that some shots had been fired.
Its targets were Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists, he said, referring to the aircraft’s absence of bombs in his denial at the time.
On 15 September 2021, an aircraft from the Air Component of Operation Hadin Kai responded to suspected terrorist activities in the area along the Nigeria/Niger border following intelligence on Boko Haram/ISWAP movements along the Kamadougou Yobe River line.”
While flying over Kanama, the aircraft observed suspicious movements consistent with Boko Haram’s behavior whenever a Jet aircraft passes overhead.
“In response, the pilot fired some probing shots. Boko Haram/ISWAP are continuously active in the area. It was reported that some civilians were killed and injured accidentally by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).
According to the initial release, the NAF aircraft were not involved in the bombing campaign despite the fact that airplanes detailed for the mission were not equipped with bombs. The report was forwarded to the NAF’s headquarters at that time denying the involvement of NAF aircraft. A Board of Inquiry has been established to thoroughly examine the circumstances of the incident.”