Missing Plane: Air Force Aware Of Location But Can’t Access It – Air Chief

Nigerian Air Force jet declared missingNigeria’s Air Force says it has an idea of where the missing Alpha Jet (NAF 466) is, but blamed bad weather for the difficulty in locating it.

After a closed door meeting on Monday with the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Adesola Amosu, told reporters that the fact that the Air Force lost an aircraft did not mean the military had lost control of the nation’s airspace to terrorist sect, Boko Haram.

He said that some useful information from farmers in the area were not sufficient enough for them to determine the area of search.

The Alpha Jet (NAF 466) was reported missing around Adamawa State, with two pilots on-board.

It left Yola at about 10:45am on 12 September 2014 on a routine operational mission and was expected back by 12:00 noon.

After the plan was reported missing, a statement by the Director Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, said “all efforts to establish contact with the aircraft have not yielded any positive result”.

Meanwhile, search and rescue effort is ongoing to establish contact with the crew.

The military has been engaging in counter-terrorism operations in the area for over three years against the Boko Haram, seeking to end western education in the region.

Of late, series of airstrikes were carried out on terrorist enclaves to regain control of some towns that terrorists were gaining control over.

North-east Insurgency: Military Says It Will Defend Nation’s Sovereignty

Olukolade0The Nigerian Military has reiterated its commitment to defending the nation’s sovereignty, saying it will do everything to reverse the situation and defeat the ramping terrorists.

In a statement on Friday by the military spokesman, Major General Chirs Olukola, the defence headquarters said the military would continued to tackle the insurgency in the north-east, which had understandably elicited a sense of apprehension among citizens and even foreign allies.

The defence headquarters reiterated the pledge and commitment it made while briefing the Joint Committee on Defence of the National Assembly to the effect that everything will be done to end the insurgency.

“While welcoming all the concerns shown by Nigerians and a section of the international community following the increased menace and activities of terrorists, it is necessary to reassure all that the Nigerian Armed Forces is more than ever determined and committed to the defence of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Nigeria, regardless of any odd.

“It is not only the pride and reputation of the military that is at stake but that of the entire nation. We therefore urge our citizens not to lose hope or be disenchanted but to remain steadfast and supportive of the military as all steps are being taken to ensure the success of the counter-insurgency operations, especially at this crucial time when our sovereignty is being challenged,” the statement read.

“Battle Will Be Won”

The military further stressed that it was fully conscious of its obligations to the Nigerian state and remained willing and ready to perform its duties with utmost diligence.

It further cautioned that what the military required at this critical period in the nation’s history was not pillories but continued support from all stakeholders and comity of nations.

“Indeed, this is not the time to despair or shift blames. Rather it calls for concerted effort by all and sundry to stop the agents of darkness who seek to destroy our country and civilization,” the statement further read.

The military further assured Nigerians that, on its part, as a fighting force, it would ensure that the “battle will be won”.