Paul Obi in Abuja
A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) helicopter, Mi-17, on Tuesday suffered a mishap in the North-east where military troops have been fighting Boko Haram insurgency.
NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, said the “Mi-17 helicopter suffered a mishap while undertaking a mission in the ongoing counterinsurgency operation in the North-east.
“The incident, which occurred yesterday, 8 January 2018, resulted in significant damage to the helicopter. There was, however, no loss of lives as a result of the incident.”
Adesanya explained that “the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has immediately directed the constitution of a board of inquiry to determine the exact cause of the incident, in line with global best practices.
“The NAF continues to solicit the understanding and support of the general populace as it daily strives to ensure the security of Nigeria and Nigerians.”