The Nigerian Air-force (NAF) has refuted reports that it has deployed 100 aircraft in search of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls in Yobe state.

110 girls were abducted from Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe, by suspected Boko Haram terrorists on February 19, 2018.

On Tuesday, there were reports on the internet that NAF had deployed 100 aircraft to locate the missing girls.

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But NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, Olatokunbo Adesanya, said it is an erroneous impression that 100 aircraft were deployed.

“The attention of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has been drawn to a statement being circulated to the effect that 100 NAF aircraft had been deployed in search of the missing Dapchi girls. While paying a courtesy call on the Executive Governor of Yobe State, in company of the Chief of the Air Staff, on 27 February 2018, the National Security Adviser, Mohammed Monguno, indeed spoke about the number of sorties so far conducted by NAF aircraft in the course of searching for the missing girls within a stated period. Obviously, the number of sorties does not equate the number of aircraft deployed.

“You are please requested to use your medium to disseminate this information to the general public to erase the erroneous impression regarding the number of aircraft deployed by the NAF in the ongoing operations. While thanking you for your usual support and cooperation, please accept the assurance of my best regards.”

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