Helicopter: Abdulsalami must be investigated — Northern Group demands

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), is demanding for a thorough investigation into a case involving an arrested helicopter alleged to be supplying arms to bandits.

It was earlier reported that the helicopter in question, belongs to a former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, although he debunked reports linking him with the helicopter.

In a statement through his spokesperson, Abdulsalami who also heads the National Peace Committee (NPC), described the report as false and unfounded.

“This kind of fake news has the potential of aggravating the already tense security situation in the country and should not be condoned,’’ he stressed.

“I urge Nigerians to ignore such treacherous acts and to be careful with the kind of information they dish out or share on social media,’’ he stated.

However, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), although described the allegation against Abdulsalami as 'confusing' and 'scandalous', said for the sake of transparency, an investigation must be conducted.

The Forum made the demand in a statement issued and signed by its national publicity secretary, Mr Emmanuel Yawe. 

It said, “Early in March this year at the height of the kidnap of students of Jangebe Government Girls Secondary School, in Zamfara State, the federal government slammed a ban on flights over the state.

“In reaction, our National Chairman Chief Audu Ogbe issued a statement calling for the ban to be extended to states such as Borno, Taraba, Benue, Yobe where there were rumours that arms, foodstuffs and other supplies were being dropped for bandits by a mysterious helicopter.

“Today, there are various accounts that a helicopter that has been used to drop supplies for the criminals has been arrested. The accounts are rather confusing with the rather scandalous accusation that a former Head of State, General Abubakar Abdulsalami is the owner of the aircraft.

“The General has since dismissed the rumour that he owns it. We have diligently followed these sordid revelations in the media.

“The Arewa Consultative Forum is convinced that there is need for an open and transparent investigation on the orders of the President and Commander in Chief, Muhammadu Buhari, we hope the result of this investigation will clear whatever doubts there are about fighting our security challenges” the forum stressed.

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