Questions are being raised after a Nigerian Navy chopper (NNJI3) was found in a forest in the South-West region, only to take off as residents approach it.
Sociend Media could not ascertain the state where it was seen, but the voice of those who recorded this video lends credence to the claim that it was in Yorubaland.
Meanwhile, the accuracy of the data is yet to be verified and the Video footage has generated lots of comments and conspiracies on social media.
There has been a contemplation whether the aircraft was on an official mission amid the security challenges in the country.
Apart from full military operations, the Navy collaborates with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
The Navy provides regular patrol and escorts support for NIMASA in line with the mandate of their partnership.
A source close to military chiefs said the chopper might have been on a trip legally assigned.
“If the number starts with NN, it belongs to the Navy. My guess is there are pipelines in the area. The Navy conducts aerial surveillance too.
“If intelligence had indicated a situation that needed to be monitored, pilots would be dispatched immediately to carry out an assessment”, he explained.
Commodore Suleman Dahun, the Director of Naval Information, did not take calls as at press time.
This is a developing story and will be updated when the military reacts.
Confusion as FG helicopter lands in forest, takes off after being spotted by residents pic.twitter.com/jxCIsE6YNH
— Sociend Media (@SociendMedia) June 4, 2021