Nigerian Air Force Denies Involvement in Airstrikes Amidst Reports of Civilian Casualties

NAF Issues Statement Refuting Accusations of Airstrikes in Kaduna State; Calls for Media Diligence in Reporting

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has vehemently denied any complicity in the reported airstrikes on Tudun Biri in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, which allegedly claimed the lives of approximately 30 residents during a Maulud Nabiy celebration on Sunday night.

The state’s Overseeing Commissioner of the Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, had indicated that the government would address the media in a press conference at the Government House to provide insights into the incident.

However, in a statement issued on Monday, NAF categorically refuted the allegations, asserting that it had not conducted any air operations within Kaduna in the preceding 24 hours.

“The news making the rounds alleging that Nigerian Air Force (NAF) aircraft accidentally killed innocent civilians in Kaduna is false. Please be informed that the NAF has not carried out any air operations within Kaduna State and environs in the last 24 hours,” the statement clarified.

The NAF emphasized that it is not the sole organization operating combat armed drones in the Northwestern region of Nigeria, dispelling assumptions that connect the reported airstrikes to its activities.

The statement, signed by Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, Director of Public Relations and Information, underscored the importance of due diligence in media reporting. It urged the media to verify and confirm information before disseminating unverified reports, emphasizing the potential consequences of spreading inaccurate information.

As the conflicting narratives surrounding the incident unfold, the denial from the Nigerian Air Force raises questions about the source and accuracy of the initial reports, prompting calls for a thorough and impartial investigation to establish the facts surrounding the tragic event in Tudun Biri, Kaduna State.

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