The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has denied any involvement in the bombing at Tudun Biri village in Kaduna State’s Igabi Local Government Area, which resulted in the deaths of numerous civilians.
In a previous report, Kaduna-based sources claimed that at approximately 9 p.m. on Sunday, during the Maulud celebration, a NAF-operated jet dropped a bomb, resulting in multiple injuries.
In response to this assertion, the Air Force stated through Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, its spokesperson, that no air operations have been conducted in Kaduna by the NAF in the previous twenty-four hours.
Commodore Gabkwet went on to say that other services in the area are also using armed combat drones.
Below is a full statement from the Nigerian Air Force:
THE NAF HAS NOT UNDERTAKEN ANY AIR OPERATIONS IN KADUNA STATE IN THE LAST 24 HOURS
The news making the rounds alleging that Nigerian Air Force (NAF) aircraft accidentally killed innocent civilians in Kaduna is false. Please be informed that the NAF has not carried out any air operations within Kaduna State and environs in the last 24 hours. Also, note that the NAF is not the only organization operating combat armed drones in the North western region of Nigeria.
It is also important to ensure that due diligence is always exhausted by the media before going to press with unverified and unconfirmed reports.
Meanwhile, the government of Kaduna State has called an emergency security meeting.
The Nigerian Air Force’s Air Officer Commanding Air Training Command is present at the meeting being presided over by Deputy Governor Dr. Hadiza Balarabe.
In a little while, official remarks from the Kaduna administration and the organisation in charge of the bombing are anticipated, along with the attendance of other state security stakeholders.