The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, says contrary to claims by Boko Haram terrorists, the Alpha Jet accident was caused by other factors yet to be unravelled.
Amao said he came to this conclusion after a critical analysis of all available intelligence, disputing the claims by the terror group that it shot down the jet.
Amao revealed these on Sunday during an Easter lunch with troops of the Air Component of Operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri, Borno State.
“You are all aware of the efforts we are making to rescue our pilots and recover crashed aircraft,” he said.
“We will continue to sustain the efforts.
“The sad situation notwithstanding, now more than ever before is the time NAF must show strength, determination, be undeterred and unrelenting until the entire North East is rid of terrorists and criminal elements.”
He also urged them to sustain the fight against insurgents.
He said: “Despite the sad events of the past few days, this is the time NAF must show strength, determination and remain undeterred than ever before until the entire North East is rid of terrorists and other criminal elements.”
He noted that while a lot had been achieved towards degrading the capacity and capability of the insurgents, more needed to be done to achieve the desired level of peace and security in the region.
Amoo said: “We must continue to work assiduously in synergy with sister services and other security agencies to ensure that peace and security of lives and property are achieved.”