At least 20 agents security forces died in the crash of a helicopter on a military evacuation mission in the state of Niger, north of Abuja, action claimed by a local armed group. This was reported today by Major General Edward Buba, explaining to journalists that an operation was underway to evacuate the wounded and soldiers who died in an ambush carried out against elements of the army by armed bandits in the village of Chukuba, in the area of Shiroro local government. In the press conference, Buba specified that at the time of the crash there were 14 soldiers and seven injured on board the plane, together with the two pilots and as many crew members.
The military has opened an investigation to determine the cause of the crash. Nigerian President Bola Tinubu commented on the incident, praising the officers who "were responding to the call of duty" during an evacuation mission. "In their dedicated service to our beloved country, they paid the highest price," said the head of state. The helicopter had taken off from Kaduna Airfield in Minna but lost contact with both Kaduna and Minna control towers. The attack was claimed by Dogo Gide, leader of an armed group active in north-western Nigeria, on the border with Niger and Chad.