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Report: How Nigeria Airforce pays bandits N20million to avoid shooting down Buhari’s jet

The Nigerian Air Force inappropriate  ransom  payments to armed bandits in exchange for an anti-aircraft gun seized from the Nigerian Army, The Wall Street Journal said, in a desperate deal that was brokered as President Muhammadu Buhari was planning a trip to Katsina.

From the intel, Intel Region gathered the newspaper published that N20 million was delivered to the bandits in Rugu Forest by a Nigerian Air Force official, who leaked details of the operation under anonymity, because the military realised that it would be too risky to leave the weapon in the hands of violent criminals operating in an area the presidential jet would fly over. 

“This report did not ridicule the ongoing onslaughts of the military against the bandits, but to expose the hidden desperate deals, and to inform the masses the level of growing insecurity in Nigeria” 

INTEL REGION understands that,

The rugged, lawless jungle that covers parts of Kaduna, Zamfara and the president’s home state of Katsina has served as a vast haven for bandits terrorizing Nigeria’s northwestern communities. A large portion of kidnapping plots emanates or terminates in or around the forest, security agencies have previously warned. 

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The report said: 

“The mission to buy back the antiaircraft gun began with a handoff from a high-ranking air force intelligence officer in the capital Abuja: a black zip-up bag he said was full of 20 million Nigerian naira,” the paper reported, after stating that such military hardware in the hands of bandits “posed a threat to President Muhammadu Buhari, who had been planning to fly to his hometown about 80 miles away.”

The gun truck with 12.7 caliber anti-aircraft fire was reportedly disassembled and transported back to the military on motorbikes after the deal was concluded. 

The Journal did not specify when the deal was brokered or the presidential trip that was planned. The president has been in his hometown at least twice this year that his office disclosed to the public. The first trip was in late January and another in July. 

INTEL REGION could not ascertain why the NIGERIA AIR FORCE opted for ransom payments, because it was reported that Sophisticated weapons that falls to the hands of the terrorists are always destroyed by airstrikes. 

The report from the wall street journal was published on 16th of october, hours  ago, we have not heard from the Nigeria Aiforce, confirming or denying tis report. 

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