In the Chukuba community within the Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger, villagers have evacuated to neighboring regions like Erena, Zumba, and Gwada after a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) helicopter crash.
Akilu Ishaku, the Chairman of Shiroro Local Government, shared this information during an interview in Minna on Monday.
He relayed that he received news of the aviation mishap from security personnel within the locality and input from the Village Head of Galkogo and other significant individuals near the occurrence.
“As the primary security overseer in Shiroro Local Government, I’ve been informed about an aircraft crash. However, the report does not explicitly identify the ownership of the aircraft.
“The crash transpired in the village of Badna, within the Kwaki Chukuba ward. The eyewitnesses recounted observing flames from a distance and recognized that a helicopter was engulfed in fire,” he stated.
Ishaku revealed that the incident caused the local populace to evacuate en masse in search of safety due to prevailing apprehension. These individuals have sought refuge in Erana, Zumba, and Gwada.
In a statement released on Monday in Abuja, the Nigerian Air Force confirmed the crash of one of its aircraft in Chukuba village, Niger state. The Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, conveyed this information.
The statement clarified that the aircraft had taken off from Zungeru Primary School en route to Kaduna. However, it was later discovered to have crashed in a village within the Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger.
When the incident transpired, the aircraft had been deployed for a casualty evacuation mission.
The official statement states, “At approximately 1:00 p.m., a Mi-171 helicopter crashed in Chukuba village, Niger on a casualty evacuation mission.”