The Nigerian Airforce headquarters on Sunday confirmed that its helicopter landing site (Helipad) in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State was attacked by unknown gunmen.
In the statement confirming the attack, the Airforce disclosed that though its personnel on guard duty at the facility were able to repel the attackers in a shootout, one airman was killed, Vanguard writes.
The Airforce did not however reveal the motive for the attack or whether it was linked to Niger-Delta terrorists who have threatened attacks in the volatile region in the wake of the removal of Paul Boroh as amnesty boss.
A statement by the Director of NAF Public Relations, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya while giving details said: “In the early hours of Sunday, 13 May 2018, a group of unknown gunmen attacked the guard post at Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Helipad at Igbodene in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
“Although the NAF personnel on duty were able to repel the attack, an airman paid the supreme sacrifice in the process. The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has immediately ordered an investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident.”