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Air Force still searching for crash site, wreckage of missing fighter jet’

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), yesterday, confirmed the ongoing search for the crash site and wreckage of its missing Alpha fighter jet.

Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, in a statement signed by the force’s Director Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, implored that the incident should not deter troops from effectively executing the counter-terrorism fight in the North East.

He noted: “From critical analysis of all available intelligence, it was obvious that the air accident was caused by other factors soon to be unravelled. Efforts are still on, in collaboration with other security agencies, to find the crashed aircraft and the two pilots so as to bring the matter to closure.”

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Amao added: “The events of the past few days involving the unfortunate crash of an Alpha jet aircraft should inspire Nigerian Air Force (NAF) pilots, technicians and ground troops to remain resolute in the fight against insurgency in the North East and other parts of the country.

“Despite the sad events of the past few days, now more than ever before is the time that the NAF must show strength, determination and remain undeterred until the entire North East is rid of terrorists and other criminal elements.”

Stating that a lot had been done at degrading the capacity of the insurgents, the military chief submitted that more was needed to achieve peace and security in the beleaguered region.

NAF dismissed media reports that wreckage of the plane had been found in Bama, Borno State. The spokesman described the speculations as unfortunate and misleading.

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