The Nigeria Air force had declared the missing jet during an operation in North eastern pary of the country.
Following the declaration, a video surfaced online claiming that the terrorists shot down the jet. The Nigeria Air Force has dismissed the video where the terror group, Boko haram claimed it shot down the missing alpha jet.
The air force said the Alpha jet might have crashed but the cause was yet to be ascertained by the intelligent unit. It went further to mention the names of the two pilots in the jet who were still missing as at thursday.
On Friday, the terror group, Boko Haram released the video showing what shows to be the downing of a fighter jet and some Boko Haram members standing close to the parts of a downed fighter jet.
In the statement by Airforce on Friday, the spokesperson Edward Gabkwet stated that the video was mere propaganda.
“Although the video is still being thoroughly analysed, it is evident that most parts of the video were deliberately doctored to give the false impression that the aircraft was shot down,” the statement says.
Bellow is the full statement
The attention of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has been drawn to some videos being circulated on Social Media, as well as media reports drawn therefrom, alleging that the NAF Alpha Jet aircraft, which was reported missing in Borno State on 31 March 2021 after losing radar contact, was shot down by terrorists. One of such videos, in particular, began with sporadic shooting by several terrorists, including underaged children on motorcycles and vehicles. It later skipped abruptly to a scene depicting an aircraft exploding mid-air, supposedly as a result of enemy action. Another part of the video showed a terrorist, who, while standing by the wreckage, claimed that they had shot down the NAF aircraft.
2. Although the video is still being thoroughly analysed, it is evident that most parts of the video were deliberately doctored to give the false impression that the aircraft was shot down. For instance, the video clip failed to show the correlation between the sporadic shooting, which even from casual observation was obviously aimed at ground targets, and the sudden mid-air aircraft explosion. In addition, it is almost impossible for an aircraft to have exploded mid-air, in the manner depicted in the video, and still have a good part of its fuselage, including its tail, intact. Indeed, an explosive impact of that nature would have scattered the debris of the aircraft across several miles.