The Nigerian Air Force has been accused of coordinating ransom payments to terror bandits in exchange for an anti-aircraft gun seized from the Nigerian Army, The Wall Street Journal reports
According to the media outlet, the deal was allegedly reached when President Muhammadu Buhari was planning for a trip to his home state, Katsina.
The Wall Street Journal said N20 million was delivered to the bandits in Rugu Forest by a Nigerian Air Force official, who leaked details of the operation under anonymity, because the military realised that it would be too risky to leave the weapon in the hands of violent criminals operating in an area the presidential jet would fly over.
“The mission to buy back the antiaircraft gun began with a handoff from a high-ranking air force intelligence officer in the capital Abuja: a black zip-up bag he said was full of 20 million Nigerian naira,” WSJ reported, after stating that such military hardware in the hands of bandits “posed a threat to President Muhammadu Buhari, who had been planning to fly to his hometown about 80 miles away.”
The gun truck with 12.7 caliber anti-aircraft fire was reportedly disassembled and ferried back to the military on motorbikes after the deal was sealed
Though, the paper did not specify when the deal was reached or the presidential trip that was planned.
Recall that the president has been in his hometown at least twice this year that his office disclosed to the public. The first trip was in late January and another in July.
However, this disturbing revelation is coming after the federal government of Nigeria said the terror group have been decimated and chased away from their rendezvous through the superior firepower of the military.