Nigeria’s Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao has arrived in Borno State on Thursday amidst the circumstances surrounding a missing Nigeria Air Force (NAF) fighter jet.
Upon arrival in Borno, Air Marshal Amao was briefed on on-going efforts to locate and recover the NAF Alpha Jet which went missing on Wednesday.
As previously reported by Naija News, the Nigerian Air Force declared one of its aircraft lost radar contact when on a mission.
The jet was involved in the anti-terror war against Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province when it lost radar contact.
In a statement on Wednesday, NAF spokesperson, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet said the plane was “on routine mission in support of own troops at one of the Theatres of Operation in the Northern part of Nigeria”.
“Efforts are currently ongoing to locate its whereabouts.”
He however did not state how many people were on board.
Gabkwet also did not reveal whether the aircraft was lost in the Northeast or Northwest or even the North central part of Nigeria.
Giving further updates on Thursday, NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, in a statement, said the Chief of Air Staff “arrived Maiduguri this morning and was briefed on ongoing search and rescue efforts in connection with the missing Alpha Jet aircraft.
Gabkwet quoted Amao to have “urged pilots, engineers and technicians to remain undeterred and resolute in their commitment to ensuring that peace returns to the North East.”
Meanwhile, gunmen suspected to be bandits have killed many soldiers and abducted over 10 persons in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.
It was gathered that the bandits attacked Allawa, Manta, Gurmana, Bassa and Kokki in Shiroro council where they also stole seven motorcycles and burnt down military vehicles in the attacks which occurred on Wednesday and in the early hours of Thursday.
The bandits invaded and opened fire at Allawa which houses the camp of the Joint Security Task Force comprising of the Army, Police, Civil Defence, and Vigilantes.
According to Daily Trust, an officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) was also killed in the attack while many security personnel sustained injuries.