It is no more news that Nigerian Air Force together with its infantry arm, Nigerian Army, has been having an upper hand over the army of Boko Haram using the combination of the air power with the instrumentality of the fighter jets and ground artilery. This has led to successes including capturing of some of the leaders of the sect.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has confirmed that one of its helicopters currently being used in the fight against insurgency in the northeastern part of the country has crashed.
A statement by Olatokunbo Adesanya, an air vice marshal and director of public relations and information, confirmed the incident saying the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Mi-17 Helicopter has suffered a mishap while undertaking a task.
“A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Mi-17 helicopter has suffered a mishap while undertaking a mission in the ongoing counterinsurgency operation in the North East. “The incident, which occurred today, 8 January 2018, resulted in significant damage to the helicopter. “There was, however, no loss of lives as a result of the incident. “The chief of the air staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has immediately directed the constitution of a board of inquiry to determine the exact cause of the incident, in line with global best practices.
“The NAF continues to solicit the understanding and support of the general populace as it daily strives to ensure the security of Nigeria and Nigerians,” the statement said.
Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, director of army public relations, notified the public of the new development via his Facebook page.