The Nigerian Air Force and the United Nation Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Nigeria have debunked the reported attack on an helicopter by Boko Haram terrorist in Borno. This was made known in a tweet by the Spokesperson of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodre Ibikunle Daramola.
“It is sad that a respected media outlet like Daily Trust would publish a false, unverified report like this. No helicopter was shot down. No helicopter crashed in Borno State today. A UN helicopter indeed undertook a mission to Banki & has since returned to Maiduguri,” Air Commodre Ibikunle Daramola tweeted.
He added that the helicopter had issues shortly after take-off from Banki to Maiduguri and had to make emergency landing. According to him, Banki military arrived the scene to provide security coverage while the team conducted emergency repair and the helicopter eventually flew back to Maiduguri around 11am 17 Nov 2020
“One would have expected that, in line with the ethics of journalism, Daily Trust would have made more deliberate effort to verify the story by contacting relevant authorities before going to press, rather than propagating fake news” he lamented.