The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has announced the commencement of investigation into alleged accidental airstrikes on civilians during military operations in the country.
Oladayo Amao, chief of air staff, disclosed this whilr speaking on Thursday at the 2022 Air Operations Seminar held in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom capital.
Amao said the investigation will enable accountability.
The air chief, according to a statement issued by Edward Gabkwet, NAF spokesperson, said the probe would help NAF learn from previous operational negligences and introduce measures to prevent future occurrences.
“The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao has stated that a committee of officers has been instituted to compile all allegations of accidental air strikes on civilians as well as review the circumstances leading to such strikes,” the statement read.
“This, according to him, was with a view to proffering far-reaching measures that would mitigate future incidences of collateral damages on civilians during Nigerian Air Force (NAF) operations.
“Air marshal Amao stated this today, October 27, 2022 at the opening ceremony of the 2022 Air Operations Seminar holding at Uyo, Akwa Ibom State from October 27-28, 2022.
“Speaking further, Air Marshal Amao noted that the investigation further aims at promoting accountability, allow the NAF to learn valuable lessons in order to avoid or mitigate similar cases in the future as well as take extra measures to minimise civilians harm and casualties in conflict areas.”
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