The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), on Wednesday, denied the trending reports that its fighters jet mistakingly bombed a wrong location killing many civilians at Buhari village in Yobe State, Northeast Nigeria.
This is not the first time the service is alleged to have bombed wrong locations including an IDP camps and Nigerian Army truck conveying reinforcement troops in Borno State.
Responding to the trending report, the Director of Public Relations and Information Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet in a one paragraph statement dismissed the report as false.
According to the statement, “This tweet is false in its entirety. The NAF last conducted a mission into Yobe State (Not Yunusari LGA) on 5 September 2021 and it was an armed recce. No bomb or missile was even expended”.
However, an international  news outlet, BBC Hausa Service reported that dozens of civilians were allegedly killed in the early hours of Wednesday, September 15, 2021, after a military fighter jet mistakenly bombed a village named Buhari in Yobe State.
While quoting an eye witness, BBC, reported thus: “three fighter jets went around the area before one of the pilots dropped the bomb on the civilian population. He added that 5 of his relatives died in the incident. Recall that a similar event happened in 2017 when the Nigerian Air Force mistakenly bombed an Internal Displaced Persons’ camp in Rann, Borno State”.
According to another online report that quoted Bulama Bukarti, a popular journalist, who said: “BBC Hausa reports that many civilians were killed & others injured earlier today when a jet believed to be NAF’s bombed Buhari village, Yunusari LGA, Yobe State. A witness who lost five relatives said “three jets went around, then one of them started firing in the center of the village.
“This area is in the northern part of Yobe, close to BH/ISWAP’s area of operation, so it is possible that the jets were on anti-BH operation. Villagers say they are unsure if the jets belong to Nigeria or Niger, but it’s unlikely to be Niger’s given it’s within Nigeria’s territory.”

 


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