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NAF Denies Paying N20m To Avoid Shooting Down Buhari’s Plane

Nigerian air force authorities has denied the reports saying that they paid N20m to bandits to stop them from attacking president Buhari's Plane. They went further to reveal what led to the allegations.

The Nigerian Air Force denied a report by the Wall Street Journal that says they paid N20m as payoff to bandits in return for an enemy of airplane firearm seized from the Nigerian Army. 

The Wall Street Journal said in a report on Sunday that the NAF handled the arrangement as the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), was arranging an outing to Katsina, his home state. 

The US news source said N20 million was conveyed to the outlaws in Rugu Forest by a Nigerian Air Force official, who spilled subtleties of the activity under secrecy.

In light of the fact that the military understood that it would be too hazardous to even think about leaving the weapon in the possession of rough lawbreakers working in a space the official stream would fly over.

It's obviously false, says Nigerian Air force.

The Nigerian Air Force denied making such installment to Bandits in return for weapons. 

In an assertion on Sunday by the representative, Air Commodore, Edward Gabkwet, he said there was no truth in the report. 

The letter was named, "NAF DID NOT MAKE ANY PAYMENT TO BANDITS IN EXCHANGE FOR WEAPONS" 

It reads,

"The attention of the Nigerian Air Force has been drawn to news reports circulating on some media platforms alleging that the NAF, through one of its personnel, paid the sum of N20 Million to armed bandits.

"It added that the bandits were operating in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State in exchange for an anti-aircraft gun allegedly seized.

The report proceeded to express that the explanation for the installment was to recover the counter airplane weapon which, it affirmed, the NAF dreaded could be utilized against airplane working inside Katsina State. 

"The NAF wishes to completely express that there is atom of truth in the fake claim that was without a doubt intended to project defamations on the great picture of the Service. 

"The report is absolutely bogus. it therefore should be taken as a fake news.

"For the evasion of uncertainty, it should be expressed that there is no reason for the NAF to pay outlaws or any criminal components that it has proceeded to assault and pulverize in Katsina State,

"The different pieces of the North-West just as different Theaters of Operation in the Country. 

"For sure, as later as October 12, 2021* , NAF airplane directed 5 missions in the Jibia general region and drew in focuses with rockets and guns at Bala Wuta desperados' areas in Kadaoji. 

"Comparable triumphs were recorded at Fakai Dutsin Anfare, a region in Jibia LGA known for its high occurrences of crooks' exercises.

"The fake news consequently, makes one wonder with respect to why the NAF would haggle for a weapon purportedly seized and still do air ban missions on similar outlaws and their fortifications. 

So you agree what what they said.

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