Fulani Herdsmen attempt to shoot down NAF Fighter Jet

Some alleged Fulani herdsmen recently in Adamawa attempted to shoot down an Alpha Jet and the EC 135 Helicopter, deployed by the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) to intervene in ongoing clashes between Numan and Demsa Local Govt. Area.

The aircrafts, which were dispatched and instructed to “only fire warning shots” and not to kill any of the attackers, according to as military source were lucky to not have been hit, by the poorly aimed shots.

It was reported two weeks ago that the NAF, on the invitation of the Nigerian Army in Adamawa, deployed some fighter aircraft to support the ground forces in stopping the crisis.

The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Vice-Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, who confirmed the deployment of the air assets, had said it would be “a continuous exercise.”

The police in Adamawa State also confirmed attacks by the rampaging Fulani militia on Dong and Lawura villages in the Demsa LGA, saying that many buildings were razed, scores were killed while many other residents fled the communities.

The police also said six police officers were killed in the attack between herdsmen and farmers.

It was learnt on Wednesday from a top air force source on the operation that the herdsmen attempted to bring down the aircraft.