By: Babagana Bukar Wakil, Maiduguri
The Nigerian Air Force has said there was no helicopter crash in Bama.
The spokesman of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola disclosed this to newsmen who said the military has done a thorough investigation and have found out there is no crash anywhere in Bama.
He said the question that should have been asked is what Niger Republic helicopter is doing between Cameroonian and Nigerian border.
The spokesperson of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Ms. Eve Sabbagh said she was surprised to read that a helicopter belong to republic of Niger was shut down by Boko Haram somewhere in Bama.
It was reported in some section of the media that the Boko Haram terrorist sect shot down a Nigerien helicopter in Bama, Borno State.
According to the report, five persons were killed in the incident which occurred on Tuesday at about 10: am near Banki town in Bama local government area of Borno State, which is bordering Cameroon Republic.
It was ealier reporteted that a humanitarian helicopter on Tuesday was forced to make an emergency landing outside Banki, Borno State, Northeast Nigeria after experiencing an unknown fault, other sources says it was shut down by the militants in the area.
Dandal Kura Radio International gathered that air transport is crucial for humanitarian operations in the Lake Chad region due to security risks associated with the roads.
Air services deliver crucial medical and food supplies to hard-to-reach areas in the Northeast and transport aid workers and injured civilians.