16th September, 2021
Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe has commiserated with families of Buhari villagers believed to have been bombed to death by Nigerian Air Force jet on Wednesday.
But spokesman of the Air Force has denied its jet was behind the strike.
Buni said the air strike on the village in Yunusari local government area could have been an accident or mistaken target.
He said his government will join hands with the security agencies to unravel the root cause of the incident, according to a statement by director-general press affairs, Mamman Mohammed.
Buni directed his Special Adviser on Security Affairs, to liaise with the Nigeria Airforce and the Multi National Joint Task Force, to look into the unfortunate Air strike.
“Government will work closely with the security forces especially the Nigeria Airforce to establish what actually happened” Governor Buni assured.
“This is very important and necessary for us to guard against future occurrence and to safeguard the lives of our people.”
Governor Buni also assured the preparedness of his administration to work with all security forces to ensure the safety of the state.
Buni also directed government hospitals in Geidam and Damaturu to offer free medical services to those who sustained injuries from the air strike.
He also directed the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to provide relief materials to cater for the immediate needs of the families of the deceased persons and other members of the community.
Meanwhile, the Air Force has denied carrying out any bombing in the said area in the past ten days.
Spokesman Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet said the claim that a NAF jet bombarded Buhari village and killed about ten people while injuring many others is false in its entirety.
“This tweet is false in its entirety. The NAF last conducted a mission in Yobe State (not Yunusari LGA) on September 5, 2021, and it was an armed recce. No bomb or missile was even expended,” he said.
With the denial, the Multi-national Task Force may then be the chief suspect, although the Air Force said it would probe the attack.
Reports on Wednesday said nine people were killed in the aerial bombardment of Buhari village.
The bombing occurred near the market.
The report said the bomber was targeting Boko Haram or ISWAP camps, when the bomb was accidentally dropped on the village.