The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha-Jet, which was deployed to fight Boko Haram, is still missing after going off radar 24 hours ago.
Since the situation in Borno State was announced on Wednesday, no signs have been identified.
Although on an interdiction operation in support of ground forces, the fighter jet lost touch with base about 5 p.m.
After targeting terrorist targets along the Sambisa line, the jet was seen circling around Goni Kurmiri and Njimia villages.
The probability remains that insurgents with advanced weapons might have shot down the plane.
Poor weather, according to the military, is hampering the search, which began shortly after the disappearance.
“Though no trace of the wreckage has been found, bad and hazy weather has been a stumbling block lately in the military operation.
“We are still investigating what actually happened to the missing Alpha jet. Search and rescue have been intensified”, an officer told PRNigeria.
Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, the Chief of Air Staff, arrived in Maiduguri on Thursday morning to investigate the incident.