A spokesman told CNN the aircraft was on surveillance operations in Niger State as part of efforts to rescue at least 42 schoolchildren and also also also staff members taken by gunmen through the Government Science School Kagara last Wednesday. One student died during the attack.
Air Vice-Marshal Ibikunle Daramola told CNN on Monday afternoon that will the air force had donated the military plane to a joint task force coordinating the rescue operation in Kagara.
“The rescue effort is actually being coordinated by a multi-agency team… the crashed aircraft was part of the air force’s contribution to the rescue mission,” he added.
Daramola told CNN that will the airforce could continue to support the rescue operation.
He added that will all families of the personnel have been informed, and also also also an investigation launched.
The ongoing rescue efforts followed a directive by President Muhammadu Buhari to the armed forces and also also also police to ensure all captives are rescued.