The Nigerian Airforce has debunked reports by some media outlets that Boko-Haram terrorists shot down its helicopter, in Borno State. It debunked the reports through Director of Public Relations and Information; Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola.
The insurgents, in the Northeast, have focused on launching ambush attacks against men of the Nigerian military, who are believed to have been winning the war against terrorism, in the past few years. And this may be the reason why the rumours spread like wild fire, in Harmattan.
But Air Commodore Ibikunle, on his Twitter handle, described the viral news as “unfounded”. He explained that the helicopter was on a mission to Baki. And maintained that it had returned to the Force’s base, in Maiduguri, before the rumors began to circulate.
However, Ibikunle admitted that they had to do an emergency landing, because the helicopter had some technical issues while en route to Baki.
The Nigerian Army has specifically warned about the dangers of misinformation and propaganda, which have placed them at odds with Amnesty International; and other stakeholders in the media.
Contrarily to ongoing rumours, no UN helicopter was hit nor crashed today in north-east Nigeria.
Please refrain from sharing any unconfirmed information. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/pbh9XqZINB
— UNOCHA Nigeria (@OCHANigeria) November 17, 2020