NAF denies paying bandits, accuses Wall Aspect road Journal of fuelling insecurity in Nigeria

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has described as unsuitable a newspaper report that it paid N20 million to a few of bandits in exchange for an anti-plane gun earlier seized from troops.

The air pressure stated the report by the Wall Aspect road Journal (WSJ) was section of a campaign to additional the motive of insecurity in Nigeria by beneficial properties who gape it (NAF) as a risk following a chain of winning exploits in operations against criminal gangs.

What WSJ stated

The Wall Aspect road Journal (WSJ) had printed a report on Sunday, declaring that the NAF brokered the deal to glean a 12.7 calibre anti-plane gun as President Muhammadu Buhari was planning a outing to Katsina, his home command.

The media outlet stated the cash was dropped on the bandits in Rugu Forest by an officer who leaked little print of the operation under anonymity.

It acknowledged that a young intelligence officer despatched to retrieve the anti-plane missile paid virtually $50,000 in crisp Nigerian banknotes, no longer for a individual, however to retrieve a weapon that straight threatened the president.

It also stated the defense pressure realised that it is also too awful to leave the weapon in the fingers of violent criminals working in an residence the presidential jet would hover over.

WSJ also stated that a confidential report offered to Mr Buhari in July, acknowledged that “Criminal factions seem like better geared up with higher capacity evolved weapons than national security companies,” and that the herdsmen had reorganised operations mostly into banditry and kidnapping for ransom therefore escalating the upward thrust in cases.

NAF denies

However in a assertion on Sunday by its spokesperson, Edward Gabkwet, NAF stated there was no iota of reality in the report, describing it as a unsuitable allegation designed to forged aspersions on the coolest list of the Force.

“The NAF must categorically command that there could be de facto no iota of reality in the unsuitable allegation that was unquestionably designed to forged aspersions on the coolest list of the Carrier. The stated report is fully unsuitable. It is going to nonetheless therefore be taken as spurious news and unnoticed.

“Indeed, we ordinarily haven’t got responded to such baseless and fully illogical allegation however for the must space the report straight besides reaffirm the NAF’s unflinching dedication to decisively going by the armed bandits and all assorted criminal beneficial properties in the Nation in partnership with assorted companies and products of the Armed Forces and assorted security Companies,” the assertion stated.

Mr Gabkwet stated there was no level paying bandits attributable to, in conserving with him, they had suffered defeat by the fingers of the Air Force.

In accordance with him, the report on the total is a section of a campaign to additional the motive of insecurity in Nigeria by some beneficial properties.


He stated: “For the avoidance of doubt, it is also acknowledged that there isn’t any longer this kind of thing as a basis for the NAF to pay bandits or any criminal beneficial properties that it has persevered to attack and decimate in Katsina Voice, assorted parts of the North-West besides assorted Theatres of Operation in the Nation.

“Indeed, as contemporary as 12 October 2021, NAF plane conducted 5 missions in the Jibia traditional residence and engaged targets with rockets and cannons at Bala Wuta bandits’ locations in Kadaoji. Identical successes possess been recorded at Fakai Dutsin Anfare, an residence in Jibia LGA known for its excessive incidences of bandits’ actions.

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“The unsuitable reportage therefore, begs the demand as to why the NAF would negotiate for a weapon allegedly seized and nonetheless abolish air interdiction missions on the same bandits and their strongholds. The NAF is of the search that, this most modern unsuitable report on the total is a section of a campaign to additional the motive of insecurity in Nigeria by beneficial properties who gape the NAF as a risk following a chain of winning exploits in operations against criminal gangs.”

He additional urged the typical public to brush apart the allegations, urging them to cooperate with the provider in the fight against banditry.

Be taught beefy assertion by the Nigerian Air Force

NAF DID NOT MAKE ANY PAYMENT TO BANDITS IN EXCHANGE FOR WEAPONS


The honor of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has been drawn to news experiences circulating on some media platforms alleging that the NAF, by one of its personnel, paid the sum of N20 Million to armed bandits working in Jibia Native Authorities Put (LGA) of Katsina Voice in exchange for an anti-plane gun allegedly seized. The report went on to command that the motive on the lend a hand of the associated rate was to retrieve the anti-plane gun which, it alleged, the NAF feared will more than seemingly be pale against plane working within Katsina Voice.

2. The NAF must categorically command that there could be de facto no iota of reality in the unsuitable allegation that was unquestionably designed to forged aspersions on the coolest list of the Carrier. The stated report is fully unsuitable. It is going to nonetheless therefore be taken as spurious news and unnoticed. Indeed, we ordinarily haven’t got responded to such baseless and fully illogical allegation however for the must space the report straight besides reaffirm the NAF’s unflinching dedication to decisively going by the armed bandits and all assorted criminal beneficial properties in the Nation in partnership with assorted companies and products of the Armed Forces and assorted security Companies.

3. For the avoidance of doubt, it is also acknowledged that there isn’t any longer this kind of thing as a basis for the NAF to pay bandits or any criminal beneficial properties that it has persevered to attack and decimate in Katsina Voice, assorted parts of the North-West besides assorted Theatres of Operation in the Nation. Indeed, as contemporary as 12 October 2021, NAF plane conducted 5 missions in the Jibia traditional residence and engaged targets with rockets and cannons at Bala Wuta bandits’ locations in Kadaoji. Identical successes possess been recorded at Fakai Dutsin Anfare, an residence in Jibia LGA known for its excessive incidences of bandits’ actions. The unsuitable reportage therefore, begs the demand as to why the NAF would negotiate for a weapon allegedly seized and nonetheless abolish air interdiction missions on the same bandits and their strongholds. The NAF is of the search that, this most modern unsuitable report on the total is a section of a campaign to additional the motive of insecurity in Nigeria by beneficial properties who gape the NAF as a risk following sequence of winning exploits in operations against criminal gangs.

4. Maybe, this provides an avenue for the NAF to over as soon as more allure to contributors of the media, both native and world, besides social media, to be circumspect in their reportage and endeavour to continuously test their facts sooner than going public. The public is enjoined to brush apart the falsehood emanating from some sections of the social and mainstream media. The NAF also makes expend of this exchange to name on voters to proceed to cooperate with security companies as efforts are ongoing to rid your entire Nation of criminals and their actions.

5. On our section, the NAF, as a talented and disciplined pressure, will no longer in any formula be gloomy from accomplishing its mandate to rid your entire North-West Nigeria of banditry and assorted forms of criminality. We stay resolute in performing our just and must nonetheless proceed to work in synergy with assorted sister Products and companies and security companies to rid the Nation of all criminal beneficial properties.

6. Succesful carry this knowledge to the consideration of the typical public.

Edward Gabkwet


Air Commodore


Director of Public Family members and Knowledge


Nigerian Air Force


17 October 2021

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