Nigerian Air Force has denied claims that its helicopters dropped weapons for herdsmen in the forest area of Akwuke Community, Enugu South LGA of Enugu State.
There were reports on social media alleging that NAF training helicopters were dropping weapons in Akwuke forest for “Fulani herdsmen” ahead of a planned attack in Enugu State.
However, NAF in a statement issued on Sunday by Faith Aigbeoghain, Acting Command Public Relations and Information Officer, Headquarters Ground Training Command Nigerian Air Force, she described the report as false.
She added that it was “deliberately misleading and obviously concocted by the writer to cause disaffection and incite negative, divisive emotions”.
The statement read: “The attention of Headquarters GTC of Nigerian Air Force (NAF), Enugu has been drawn to a social media and online story being circulated by some mischievous and misguided elements.
“The mischievous elements purported that NAF helicopters were being used to `drop weapons’ for Fulani herdsmen in the forest area of Akwuke Community in Enugu South Local Government Area (LGA) in Enugu State.
“The report alleged that helicopters had been seen on several occasions flying at low level and landing in the forest area to discharge their packages.
“The headquarters of GTC wishes to state that the report is deliberately misleading and obviously concocted by the writer to cause disaffection and incite negative divisive emotions among Nigerians.”
Aigbeoghain added that “at no time was any NAF helicopter used to ‘drop’ any materials, let alone deliver weapons to any individual or group.
“Members of the public, especially residents of Enugu State, are therefore advised to discountenance the fake report and go about their normal activities without fear,’’ she said.
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