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Nigerian Airforce clarifies UAV, not helicopter, crashed without casualties in Kaduna

*AVM Edward Gabkwet, Director of Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force, explains a NAF Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), not a helicopter experienced a mishap after take-off for a mission at a location near Rumji Village, and there were no casualties on board or on the ground

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Contrary to earlier reports in some sections of the media, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), Monday, July 1, 2024, issued a clarification the recent air mishap involving one of its platforms in Kaduna State, Northern Nigeria.

AVM Edward Gabkwet, Director of Public Relations and Information at NAF, in a statement said contrary to such misleading reports on the social media as well as on a handful of traditional media outlets that a NAF helicopter had crashed in Kaduna, no helicopter crash actually occurred.

Gabkwet also explained that a NAF Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) experienced a mishap after take-off for a mission at a location near Rumji Village, about 15 Km from Base.

According to him, since it is an unmanned vehicle, there were no casualties on board or on ground.

The Spokesman of NAF as well disclosed that preliminary investigation has since commenced in order to ascertain what might have caused the mishap.

NAF frowns on some media’s propensity for ‘breaking news’ without complete facts

Reacting to some earlier incorrect reports about the incident, Gabkwet stated: “Nigerians can be rest assured that this minor setback will not, in anyway, impinge on all ongoing operations.

“It should also be pointed out that the propensity to always rush to press in the name of ‘breaking news’ without a hold of the complete facts should be discouraged in its entirety.”

The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information lamented that while the news of the crash filtered in, some news outlets misinformed Nigerians that a helicopter had crashed without “the decency to clarify” from the NAF.

According to him, this attitude should be discouraged as it negates the principles of development journalism, balanced reporting and fairness.

Gabkwet, therefore, urged reporters to always seek clarification from authorised military personnel before rushing to “break” the news to consumers.

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