Nigerian Airforce has denied reports in some media platforms that it has paid twenty million naira to bandits operating in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State.

In a statement by spokesperson of the force, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, the allegation was designed to cast aspersions on the good image of the service which should be taken as fake news and disregarded.

It explained that there was no basis for the NAF to pay bandits that it has continued to attack and decimate in Katsina, other parts of the North-West as well as other theatres of operations, stressing that only recently, NAF aircraft conducted five missions in Jibia and engaged targets with rockets.

The force appealed to the media, both local and international, as well as social media platforms to be circumspect in their reportage and endeavour to verify their facts before going public.

The Airforce called on citizens to continue to co-operate with security agencies as efforts are on-going to rid the entire nation of criminals and their activities.

Rel/Usman Sani.