Boko Haram didn’t shoot down Alpha Jet – Nigerian Airforce says👇

The Nigerian Airforce has disputed the claim that Boko Haram militant shut down its Alpha Jet after it was declared missing two days ago.

Boko Haram militants, yesterday claimed responsibility for shooting down the Alpha Jet after it released visuals of the crashed jet that led to the death of two fighter pilots.

However, the Nigerian Airforce has refuted the claim in a statement.

CRASHED NAF ALPHA JET AIRCRAFT WAS NOT SHOT DOWN BY BOKO HARAM

The attention of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has been drawn to some videos being circulated on Social Media, as well as media reports drawn therefrom, alleging that the NAF Alpha Jet aircraft, which was reported missing in Borno State on 31 March 2021 after losing radar contact, was shot down by terrorists. One of such videos, in particular, began with sporadic shooting by several terrorists, including underaged children on motorcycles and vehicles. It later skipped abruptly to a scene depicting an aircraft exploding mid-air, supposedly as a result of enemy action. Another part of the video showed a terrorist, who, while standing by the wreckage, claimed that they had shot down the NAF aircraft.

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Although the video is still being thoroughly analysed, it is evident that most parts of the video were deliberately doctored to the false impression that the aircraft was shot down. For instance, the video clip failed to show the correlation between the sporadic shooting, which even from casual observation way aimed at ground targets, and the sudden mid-air aircraft explosion.

Also, it is almost impossible for an aircraft to have exploded mid-air, in the manner depicted in the video, and still have a good part of its fuselage, including its tail, intact. Indeed, an explosive impact of that nature would have scattered the debris of the aircraft across several miles.

It is obvious that the Boko Haram Sect, in its characteristic manner of employing false propaganda, is seeking to claim credit for what way an air accident could have been caused by several other reasons; particularly at a time when the capability of the group to inflict mayhem has been significantly degraded by the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

Consequently, Nigerians are please advised to ignore the contents of the videos making the rounds until all investigations as to how the aircraft crashed are completed. The NAF, on its part, remains resolute and will continue to work assiduously, in synergy with sister Services and other security agencies, to rid the North East of all terrorist elements.

EDWARD GABKWET
Air Commodore
Director of Public Relations and Information

2 April 2021

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