NO CHADIAN AIR STRIKES CONDUCTED IN NIGERIA

The Defence HQ has debunked the claim that Chadian Air Force strike of Boko Haram Camps took place in Nigeria in retaliation of two suicide bomb attacks in Chad. Defence spokesman Gen Olukolade made the clarification yesterday on their face book page in reaction to foreign news report against the backdrop that Nigerian air space was violated by Chad in carrying out the Air strikes   

Read the full text of his statement below.

The claim that the Chadian military have conducted air strikes against six terrorist camps in Nigeria is not correct.

The fact is that the Nigerian Air Force surveillance mission identified targets tagged as Camp 6 around Bosso town which is not within Nigeria’s territory and alerted the partners accordingly. The places reported to have been struck by the Chadian are therefore most likely to be in Niger Republic and not Nigeria as widely reported in the international media.

Although the terms of the multilateral and bilateral understanding with partners in the war against terror allow some degree of hot pursuit against the terrorists, the territory of Nigeria has not been violated as insinuated in the reports circulated in some foreign media.

The Nigerian military will continue to cooperate with partners in the mission to exterminate or contain terrorists strictly in conformity with existing terms of the Concept of Operation at strategic, operational or tactical levels.

It is however important that issues are accurately reported while avoiding misleading or unnecessary sensationalism from any quarter – Defence HQ

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