Nigerian Air Force helicopter had an accident on Wednesday night amid counter-rebellion activities in Borno State. The news of the accident was unveiled by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, Director of Public Relations & Information Headquarters of the Nigerian Air Force.
As per Daramola, the helicopter was giving air backing to troops of 145 unit at Damasak in northern Borno. The episode happened around 7:45pm. In any case, analysis of the episode were incomplete at the period of documenting this story.
The tweet read: “A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Helicopter was lost in combat while providing close air support to troops of 145 Battalion at Damasak in Northern Borno State. The mission was part of the ongoing counterinsurgency operations in the North East.”
“The incident, occurred about 7:45 pm today, 2 January 2019. Details of the cause of the crash are still scanty. As soon as the details of the crash are known, they will be made available to the public.”
Some hours before, Daramola had reported that the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE crushed a house being utilized as gathering scene by Boko Haram rebel close to Baga, still in Borno.
“The attack was conducted on January 1, 2019, after series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions confirmed that the building was being used as an assembly point by the terrorists. Consequently, the ATF dispatched a NAF Alpha Jet aircraft to attack the building,” he had said, adding that a “direct hit was recorded on the target leading to significant damage to the structure and neutralisation of the occupants”.