Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Military keeping options open about missing plane

16 September 2014, 06:57

Abuja - The military on Monday appeared to rule out sabotage after an air force jet disappeared while on operations in the insurgency-hit northeast.

Chief of Defence Staff Alex Badeh indicated that enemy fire may not be to blame, telling reporters in Abuja that the military was "in full control of the airspace" in the region.

But he said they were keeping an open mind: "There are so many possibilities... we are working on it."

Also Read: Airforce claims to know whereabout of missing jet

The Alpha Jet, with two pilots on board, left its base in Yola, Adamawa state, at about 10:45 (09:45 GMT) on Friday and had been expected back by midday the same day.

Badeh said the plane lost contact with the control tower as it returned, prompting an immediate search.

The officer said they had "an idea of where the aircraft could be" but the arid terrain, weather conditions and fighting in the region were hampering the search effort.

Badeh said he was "hopeful" of locating the jet as soon as possible and that the pilots were still alive.

Nigeria's military is under pressure to reverse recent territorial gains by Boko Haram in the northeast that have led to fears of a potential loss of government control.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...