The Nigeria Air Force yesterday dismissed a report that Boko Haram terrorists shot down a Nigerian helicopter carrying unidentified passengers in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State.

The spokesman of NAF, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said what happened was that the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) helicopter had issues shortly after takeoff from Banki to Maiduguri and had to make emergency landing.

According to Ibikunle, he noted that the military were called up to the scene to provide security coverage while the team conducted emergency repair and the helicopter eventually flew back to Maiduguri around 11am on Tuesday.

He said the story was “a figment of the imagination of the journalist that reported it.”

“I can tell you authoritatively that there was no crash in Bama and Boko Haram did not shoot down any helicopter.”

Similarly, the UN authorities disclosed that none of their helicopters was involved in any crash in the northeast.

The spokesperson of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA), Ms. Eve Sabbagh, said  “none of our helicopters crashed.”

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