Update on Maulud killings: NAF denies complicity in the airstrike

The Nigerian Air Force has denied complicity in the airstrikes on Tudun Biriin Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State that reportedly killed about 30 residents during a Maulud Nabiy celebration in the community Sunday night.

Samuel Aruwan, Overseeing Commissioner of the State Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs in the state, had told journalists that the government would address the media on the incident in a press conference at the Government House today (Monday).

But NAF in a statement on Monday said it had not conducted any air operations within Kaduna in the last 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.

“Also, note that the NAF is not the only organization operating combat armed drones in the North western region of Nigeria,” NAF said in the statement signed by Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, Director of Public Relations and Information.

“It is also important to ensure that due diligence is always exhausted by the media before going to press with unverified and unconfirmed reports,” the statement added.

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Rita Elenwo

Rita Aletor- Elenwo, is a professional journalist with experience in broadcast, print and online reporting. A proud citizen of Edo state, Nigeria (Esan South East Local Government) Rita had her first degree in philosophy from Ebonyi State University (2008), PGD, in Communication from the University of Port Harcourt (2020), and currently in pursuit of an MSC degree in communication. Rita (nee Aletor-) is happily married with lovely children.

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