Terrorist kingpin Dogo Gide claims responsibility for NAF helicopter crash in Niger



The camp of Dogo Gide, a notorious bandit kingpin responsible for kidnapping, and killing of villagers, farmers and security operatives in Niger State has claimed responsibility for shooting down a surveillance helicopter of Nigeria Air Force that crashed in Badna, Chukuba ward of Shiroro Local Government Area of the State on Monday

The Nigeria Air Force said the MI-171 helicopter was on a casualty evacuation mission before it crashed.

It said investigation had commenced to determine the probable cause of the accident.

However, Abuja based Daily Trust reported that the Dogo Gide terrorists claim that they were responsible for downing the helicopter in a two-minute-seventeen-second video.

The newspaper said the narrator in the video which seemed authentic, the terrorists claimed the military helicopter was shot down with an AK47 weapon.

The narrator who spoke Hausa, said the terrorists belonged to Dogo Gide group.

Nigerian troops are currently engaged in counter terrorism operations in which about 53 terrorists have been killed in the area.

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The terrorists had a day before the crash ambushed and killed about 20 soldiers along the Zungeru-Tegina Road of the state.

In a statement on Tuesday, President Bola Tinubu condoled with Nigerians and the families of the soldiers that lost their lives in the helicopter crash.

“The tragic loss of our gallant officers and soldiers in a helicopter crash at Chukuba Village near Shiroro, Niger State, yesterday, brought immense sadness to me,” he said in a statement.

“These officers and men were answering the call of duty while on an evacuation mission. In their dedicated service to our beloved country, they paid the ultimate price.

“While we mourn their untimely departure, we will forever remember them, not just as servicemen, but as national heroes who gave their all for the peace and security of our country. They will always be remembered as courageous men who did not consider the perils and dangers of their national duty as paramount to their sacred mandate of ensuring that their fellow countrymen and women can live in peace.”

He also saluted the soldiers’ sacrifice, devotion and loyalty to the nation.

“On behalf of a grateful nation, I extend my condolences to their families, the Chief of Defence Staff, the Chief of Air Staff, the Chief of Army Staff, the Chief of Naval Staff, and the entire Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said.

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