The Nigerian Navy has denied accusations that a helicopter was witnessed landing in a forest in Lagos State to transfer weapons to Fulani herders.
Though the Naval authorities admitted that a helicopter landed in a forest in Badagry, Lagos State, but refuted insinuations that the aircraft was used to carry weapons to Fulani herdsmen in a viral video that was circulated on social media.
Earlier this week, reports claimed that a Nigerian Navy chopper with the number (NNJI3) was spotted in a forest in the South- West region, sparking concern among the people residing in the area.
Commodore Suleman Dahan, a spokesman for the Nigerian Navy, informed Nigerian News Agency (NAN) that the helicopter was on a training mission in response to the incident.
Suleman stated further that Magbon, Badagry, had a military training area.
His statement reads, ” If we want to go for training, we get permission from the Lagos control tower, then we fly there, perform different maneuvers before returning. How does this relate to carrying arms for bandits? ” he wondered.
He asked the public to reject social media reports on the incident, claiming that it is a fake rumor.
Meanwhile, the South- West Governors Forum has condemned the attack on the people of Igangan, Oyo State by some suspected herdsmen.
According to the news reports, gunmen believed to be Fulani herders attacked the community, murdering at least ten people.
The Fulani herdsmen attacked the Oyo community around 11 p. m. on Saturday and fled the village early in the morning.
Two of the victims killed were identified as Lekan and Ajani, a community source said, while Olalekan Etu, a resident of Ayete who is close to the family of the deceased farmers revealed that hunters were already on their way to track down the Fulani murders.
However, the Chairman of the forum and Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, issued a statement on Sunday, describing the act as ” horrific, callous, and highly provocative. “
The governors vowed to protect the residents of the region from suspected herders, bandits, and other criminals.
He urges residents in the region to remain watchful and report any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods to security services.
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