The Nigerian Air Force(NAF) has refuted allegations that its men failed to respond to calls to counter an attack by insurgents on Takulashi Village, Chibok Local Government Area, Borno state, over last weekend.
NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, in a statement said the allegations were baseless and that no such calls were made.
“Indeed, we ordinarily would not have responded to such baseless, unfounded allegations but for the need to set the record straight and reaffirm NAF’s commitment to ensure the security of Nigeria and Nigerians, wherever they may reside.
For the avoidance of doubt, it must be stated that NAF did not receive any call for support regarding an attack on the Village.
Had any such report been received, NAF, in its characteristic responsiveness, would have certainly taken appropriate action.
It is pertinent to highlight that NAF, through the ATF OPLD, has flown over 26,000 hours of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and air interdiction missions, as well as close air support missions in the last five years.
NAF has been working hand-in-glove with other security agencies and has a crop of well-trained, highly-motivated young pilots who are ever ready and willing to respond to emergencies, whenever called upon.
It is utterly ludicrous to insinuate that NAF would fail to respond to any such situation if called upon. The general public is therefore enjoined to discountenance the evidently false report.”
Daramola further assured Nigerians of the commitment of the Nigerian Air Force to ensure the country defeats insurgency, “We remain resolute in performing our function and will continue to work in synergy with other security agencies to rid the country of insurgents. We will not be distracted by such evidently orchestrated attempts to tarnish the hard-earned and good image of the Service.”
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