Bandits shoot down Nigeria airforce fighter jet in Zamfara
The Nigerian airforce has confirmed the attack on its Alpha jet in Zamfara state after initial denial.
They, however, said that one of its pilots survived the crash of the aircraft which came under heavy attack from the bandits while returning from a successful air interdiction mission between those 2 boundaries.
The disclosure is contained in a statement signed by NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, on Monday, where he said that the pilot identified as Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo survived after he successfully ejected from the aircraft.
The statement from NAF partly reads, “On 18 July 2021, at about 12.45 pm, a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha Jet aircraft, returning from a successful air interdiction mission between the boundaries of Zamfara and Kaduna State, came under intense enemy fire which led to its crash in Zamfara State.
The statement added that the pilot was able to elude several bandits’ strongholds by using the cover of darkness and his phone set for navigation and manoeuvred his way to a Nigerian Army Unit, where he was finally rescued.
The NAF assured that despite the setback of the crash, it remains committed to fulfilling President Muhammadu Buhari’s mandate as well as other constitutional roles assigned to it as their willingness, readiness, and tested ability remain unshaken and unwavering.