Nigerian Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao has provided an update on NAF Missing Jet’s pilot.
The air chief made the revelation while speaking with troops from Operation Lafiya Dole’s air force segment on Sunday in Borno.
He also took the opportunity to reiterate the military’s position that the alleged video posted by Boko Haram claiming responsibility for shooting down the missing plane is a hoax.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) reported on Wednesday that one of its aircraft had lost radar contact while on a mission in the northeast.
Then, on Friday, Boko Haram terrorists claimed responsibility for the plane’s downing and released video of their fighters shooting down a fighter jet in mid-flight.
The military, however, dismissed the video as a hoax, promising to track down the NAF Missing Jet’s pilot, Flight Lieutenant John Abolarinwa and Flight Lieutenant Ebiakpo Chapele, as well as the plane’s potential wreckage, according to NAF.
Giving further updates on Sunday, Amao disclosed that no efforts will be spared in locating the ill-fated craft and those onboard when it crashed.
He said: “On the issue of the crashed NAF alfa jet which was declared missing on 31st March 2021 after losing radar contact, let me state clearly that the videos being circulated on social media alluding that the aircraft was shot down are false,” he said.
“From critical analysis of all available evidence, it is obvious that the air accident was caused by other factors which will be soon made public. You are all aware of the efforts we are making to rescue our pilots and recover the crashed aircraft.
“We are using this opportunity to brief on the next line of action and also to intensify the operation towards rescue of our missing pilots and recovery of our crashed aircraft.”
“The theatre command, the air force search and rescue team, as well as air component, are doing a lot to ensure that we get back those pilots and the aircraft that crashed. Surely the aircraft will be recovered. We will continue to sustain the efforts.”
He also delivered President Muhammadu Buhari’s message to the troops where he commended them for their dedication to duty in defense of Nigeria.
“We remember their sacrifices today, even as we celebrate the ultimate sacrifice that the Easter season signifies. May their souls continue to rest