Nigerian Air Force begins investigation of accidental airstrikes on civilians


Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force (NAF)

The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, says the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is already taking steps to investigate all alleged accidental air strikes on civilians.

Amao said the force has set up a committee to compile all allegations of air strikes on civilians.

This is contained in a statement issued on Thursday by NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet.

Amao who made the disclosure at the opening of the 2022 Air Operations Seminar in Uyo, said the committee would review the circumstances leading to such strikes.

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He said that the investigation was to proffer far-reaching measures that would mitigate future incidences of collateral damage to civilians during NAF operations.

Amao said the investigation was aimed at promoting accountability and allowing NAF to learn valuable lessons to avoid and mitigate similar cases in the future.

He added that the investigation would give NAF the opportunity to take extra measures to minimise civilian harm and casualties in conflict areas.

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