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Boko Haram didn’t shoot down our helicopter – NAF

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The Nigerian Air Force says the Mi-17 helicopter, which crashed during a counter-insurgency operation in the North-East, was not brought down by Boko Haram terrorists as alleged by its factional leader, Abubakar Shekau, in a new video.

Olatokunbo Adesanya, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, said this in an interview with Saturday PUNCH, describing Shekau’s statement as a “bare-faced lie.”

Boko Haram insurgents, had on Monday, released a video, claiming that they were responsible for the crashed helicopter.

Shekau had said, “We hold unto the Chibok schoolgirls; we still have the policewomen. Among the Chibok schoolgirls that insisted on following the ways of their parents’ religion, we allowed them to go back and join their people. The military have come to us, but it did not end well; that is why your helicopter went down; that is why your armoured tanks got destroyed.”

But debunking the claims by the insurgents, NAF Spokesperson, Adesanya, an Air Vice Marshal, said, “The Boko Haram did not shoot down the NAF’s Mi-17 helicopter. If that were the case, the public would have been duly informed.

“The NAF remains accountable to the citizenry. This is why we issued a statement immediately after the crash landing of the helicopter, which was on a routine mission in the North-East.”

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