Probe Air Force plane crashes, Northern group tells FG

A group, Northern Youth Leaders Forum (NYLF), has asked for probe of constant crashes involving planes of the Nigeria Air Force.

“We sincerely and honestly frown at the manner and rate of these plane crashes,” the National Chairman of NYLF, Comrade Elliot Afiyo, told newsmen at a briefing in the Adamawa State capital, Yola.

Afiyo, accompanied to the briefing by some members of his organisation, spoke against the background of Friday’s crash which claimed the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other Military officers.

The crash in Kaduna was the third within 2021.

The NYLF chairman called for immediate composition of an independent investigative panel to ascertain the remote causes of the Kaduna crash and the others before it.

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He said Northern youths were deeply shocked by the crash and death of the Chief of Army Staff and other senior officers.

He prayed for strength for bereaved families to bear their losses.

Afiyo, who said his organisation has four million members across the North, announced a delegate conference of the members resolved to support the call for a national dialogue and ban on open grazing.

“We call on the Federal Government to regard the call as a duty call to obey and immediately too,” he said.

He added his organisation suggested that to enforce the ban on open grazing, the Federal Government should establish a herders commission or agency to cater for the needs of herders and to effectively kick-start the ranching system.

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He condemned the statement credited to the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, on ban of open grazing and advised President Muhammadu Buhari to caution his Ministers and aides who he said still have “the opposition mentality” four or six years after being in government.

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