The Nigeria Air Force has accepted responsibility for the January 2023 air strike that killed 37 herders alongside their livestock in the Rukubi community of Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall, Hassan Abu-Bakr, visited Nasarawa state Friday alongside senior officials of the Air Force.
He paid a courtesy call to Governor Abdullahi Sule at the Government House in Lafia, the state capital predicated on the findings of the review committee on the airstrike report.
Sometime in January last year, airstrikes were conducted in the state after intelligence revealed the sighting of suspected terrorists on motorcycles transiting near Rukubi in the Doma local government area of the state.
The entire area was well known for its heightened insecurity occasioned by killings, kidnapping, and terrorism perpetrated by terrorist elements in the state,” he stated.
The need for an airstrike became imperative but unfortunately, however the airstrike killed some civilians at the location and the outcries by several Nigerians necessitated a review of the reports of strikes, which later revealed that civilians were indeed killed during the airstrike.