No Helicopter Crash In Borno—NAF
The Nigerian Air Force has said there was no helicopter crash in Bama.
By Bukar Bolori
The Nigerian Air Force has debunked a story published in a newspaper that one of its Helicopter was shot down by Boko Haram.
Speaking to our correspondent, the spokesman of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said the military has done a thorough investigation and have found out there is no crash anywhere in Bama.
He said the question that should have been asked is what is Nigerien helicopter doing between Cameroonian and Nigerian border.
He said the story was “a figment of the imagination of the journalist that reported it.”
“I can tell you authoritatively that there was no crash in Bama and Boko Haram did not shoot down any helicopter.”
Also speaking to our correspondent, the spokesperson of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA), Ms. Eve Sabbagh, said she was surprise to read that a Nigerien helicopter was shut down by Boko Haram somewhere in Bama.
She said what made her to doubt the report was what could have a Nigerien helicopter doing at that particular location.
She equally said the rumour that perhaps it could have been a UN helicopter was untrue.
She said “none of our helicopter crashed.”
It was reported in some section of the media that the Boko Haram terrorist sect shot down a Nigerien helicopter in Bama, Borno State.
According to the report, five persons were killed in the incident which occurred Tuesday at about 10:am near Banki town in Bama local government area of Borno State, which is bordering Cameroon Republic.