Abubakar Shekau-led faction of the Boko Haram says they are responsible for the missing alpha Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Jet. This jet was deployed to fight the sect in Borno State and to provide support for troops on the ground fighting Boko Haram insurgents. However, it lost contact with radar on Wednesday evening.
Edward Gabkwet who is a spokesperson for NAF, had disclosed the identities of the pilots whose whereabouts were yet unknown. But on Friday, Boko Haram released a video of the destroyed jet.
The video, which credible sources reveal was released to Daily Trust, showed the corpse of one of the dead pilots. Also it revealed the insurgents had machine guns, especially ones that appear to be anti-aircraft weapons. As soon as the jet crashes, they moved to the debris and removed some components of the jet.
The video which is seven minutes, thirty seconds, showed Boko Haram fighters moving along a dusty road, in gun trucks and on motor bikes. The video showed that the aircraft exploded in the air before it crashed.
Towards the end of the video, a masked Boko Haram insurgent climbed a wreckage of the aircraft and pointed his gun into the sky. “The Nigerian Air Force jet fighter with plate number 475 was sent to Sambisa to fight the Mujahideen.
Mr. Edward Gabkwet said:
“There’s no one that can fight God. This is the evidence of what God has done. There’s no way you will fight his people and this will not happen. The only way for you now is to repent. That’s the only way out,” he said in impeccable English. The military is yet to react to the claim of the insurgents.