NAF denies paying N20m to save Buhari’s plane from bandits - Punch Newspapers

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NAF denies paying N20m to save Buhari’s plane from bandits - Punch Newspapers

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18 October 2021The Nigerian Air Force has denied making payment to bandits in exchange for an anti-aircraft gun seized from the Nigerian Army.In a statement on Sunday by its spokesperson, Air Commodore, Edward Gabkwet, NAF said there was no truth in the report.

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The Wall Street Journal had reported that the Nigerian Air Force coordinated ransom payments to bandits in exchange for an anti-aircraft gun seized from the Nigerian Army.The report added that the deal was brokered as Major General President Muhammadu ( retd) Buhari was planning a trip to Katsina.

The U.S. outlet said N20m was delivered to the bandits in Rugu Forest by a Nigerian Air Force official, who leaked details of the operation under anonymity, because the military realised that it would be too risky to leave the weapon in the hands of violent criminals operating in an area the presidential jet would fly over. headtopics.com

“The mission to buy back the antiaircraft gun began with a handoff from a high-ranking air force intelligence officer in the capital Abuja; a black zip-up bag he said was full of N20m,” the paper reported, after stating that such military hardware in the hands of bandits “posed a threat to President Muhammadu Buhari, who had been planning to fly to his hometown about 80 miles away.”

The NAF in the statement titled, ‘NAF did not make any payment to bandit in exchange for weapons,’ said , “NAF wishes to categorically state that there is absolutely no iota of truth in the spurious allegation that was undoubtedly designed to cast aspersions on the good image of the service. The said report is totally false. It should therefore be taken as fake news and disregarded.”

The statement added, “For the avoidance of doubt, it must be stated that there is no basis for the NAF to pay bandits or any criminal elements that it has continued to attack and decimate in Katsina State, other parts of the North-West as well as other Theatres of Operation in the country.

“Indeed, as recent as October 12 2021, NAF aircraft conducted five missions in the Jibia general area and engaged targets with rockets and cannons at Bala Wuta bandits’ locations in Kadaoji.“Similar successes were recorded at Fakai Dutsin Anfare, an area in Jibia LGA known for its high incidences of bandits’ activities. The false reportage therefore, begs the question as to why the NAF would negotiate for a weapon allegedly seized and still carry out air interdiction missions on the same bandits and their strongholds. headtopics.com

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“The NAF is of the view that, this latest false report could be a part of a campaign to further the cause of insecurity in Nigeria by elements who see the NAF as a threat following series of successful exploits in operations against criminal gangs.”Copyright PUNCH.

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You will never agree to things you do for bandits na, even one of your NAF choppers caught on camera delivering stuff to bandits and boko haram in the bush. What was a NAF helicopter doing in the middle of a forest linked to bandits, herdsmen and boko haram? Are truths so hard to prove these days? Can't some shows any receipt to this story? Or we should just believe ni no need to prove anything as per na Naija we dey. Abi we are all illiterates?

They did and the bandits are from NAF. Check their bank accounts Only these separatist minds will believed and wish it to happen in Nigeria NAF will deny anything truthful to save their slave master. The deceits in Nigeria arm forces are alarming Say no to this evil contraption called Nigeria. I'm a Biafran

🙄🙄🙄 My own question is 'How would someone even believe such story?' We all know the truth, even without the story Interesting 🤣🤣🤣 It's normal normal to deny it, no government in the world would accept such. So we understand your position on the denial table. That someone believe such story is surprising Elite dẹ ni gbogbo wa sha

Lol is there any other thing you people can say, denial is your only option

NAF Denies Paying N20m To Bandits In Exchange For Seized WeaponThe Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has denied paying N20million to armed bandits operating in Jibia local government area (LGA) of Katsina State in exchange for The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has denied paying N20million to armed bandits operating in Jibia local government area (LGA) of Katsina State in exchange for an anti-aircraft gun allegedly seized from military personnel by the bandits.

If you believed that story in the first place, then you need your head re-examined & your skull flushed! The have lied again oooo We don’t believe you? Of course. Whp expects them to accept that it is true. Is hardly to see a Fulani saying the truth bcos they re all born to lies paying 20 million to bandits don’t expect the truth from them Terrorist in uniform

Only problem is when you have a pattern of denying stories, only to come to accept them later, then it becomes difficult to accept this denial at face value. Credibility is an asset to be protected always Well, Nigerians know the truth jare Shey una no deny end sars shooting I don’t expect them to agree before. I knew they will deny it. Is not new

Denying is not indication that it’s not true

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Who will not deny it even if it's the truth, when Nigeria is at the mercy of criminal elements like the boko haram,bandits and etc ,so its very possible and true for the military to compromise with this criminals to allow president free access traveling within You did Washington journal is carrying it , it’s a shame that it’s late buharis jet that matters to u guys and not Nigerians . Shame .

Rubbish country Why won’t they deny it ? Is there any allegation this government do not deny of any involvement? Denying issues is one major Pilar of this government lol what do you expect them to say I believe the allegation more than I would believe the NAF lie.

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NAF denies paying ransom to banditsThe Nigerian Airforce on Sunday dismissed media reports that it has paid the sum of N20m to armed bandits operating in Jibia Local Government Area of As usual There’s no prove NAF did not do it. Just rubbish as always. We are wiser What have they ever agreed on?

NAF denies paying bandits, accuses Wall Street Journal of fuelling insecurity in NigeriaWSJ had published a report on Sunday, alleging that the NAF brokered the deal to secure a 12.7 calibre anti aircraft gun as President Muhammadu Buhari was planning a trip to Katsina, his home state. They should know now that their plan will never and ever work , Nigeria should negotiate on how to live together , because all these shows that this government is supporting terrorist. Clowns!!!😂😂😂i expected this pedestrian response🤣🤣🤣 Shameless set of people

NAF Denies Paying N20m To Bandits In Exchange For Seized WeaponThe Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has denied paying N20million to armed bandits operating in Jibia local government area (LGA) of Katsina State in exchange for The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has denied paying N20million to armed bandits operating in Jibia local government area (LGA) of Katsina State in exchange for an anti-aircraft gun allegedly seized from military personnel by the bandits.