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Military Plane Crash: PDP Demands Independent Judicial Inquiry

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded an independent judicial enquiry into the crash of a military plane belonging to the Nigerian Airforce (NAF) in Kaduna on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, with officers reportedly killed in the incident.

The PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, Wednesday pointed to the growing public apprehension of possible security compromises.

It alleged the complicity of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration in the incessant unexplained military aircraft crashes in the country in the last seven years.

PDP described it as disturbing that after each crash, the APC government comes up with a public announcement to investigate the circumstances surrounding the mishap but typical of the administration, such investigations go cold.

The statement partly read, “this pattern gives credence to the strong suspicion among Nigerians that there is complicity or sabotage in our national security architecture including the Airforce which is very critical to any meaningful fight against terrorism.

“In May last year, just eleven months ago, a NAF aircraft crashed around Kaduna International Airport, killing the then Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers.

“It is instructive to note that our nation has experienced no fewer than 11 unexplained military air crashes since the Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government took over power in 2015.

“The PDP demands a system-wide independent judicial enquiry to conduct an investigation into the remote and immediate causes of these incessant crashes of our military aircraft, especially in the face of worsening terrorism attacks in our country”.

The party explained that their demand is imperative and consistent with the demands of Nigerians who have lost faith in the ability of the APC government to conduct a transparent and credible investigation into any matter, particularly those relating to national security.

PDP said it is saddened by this trend of events and condoles with the Nigerian Airforce, the families of the officers involved in the air crash and prays for the repose of the souls of the departed officers.

“The PDP salutes our courageous military officers and charges them not to be deterred by this very sad and unfortunate incident but to remain vigilant and focused on their constitutional duty of protecting our nation, especially at this critical point in our national life, the statement added.

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