The Nigerian Air Force has deployed five additional helicopters to boost its fight against banditry in Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kaduna states – Channel TV
Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, the Chief of the Air staff, revealed this on Tuesday when he monitored an area for the construction of “taxiway, apron, hangar and aircraft shelters in Bakuru village”, in Katsina State.
He also said that the jets were deployed at the Umaru Musa ‘Yar’adua Airport, Katsina State.
The air assets includes; Augusta 109 powered helicopter NAF, Surveillance aircraft, gunship helicopter, fighter and Alpha jets.
The total number of the air assets are now 10, currently operating in the ongoing operation.
Abubakar noted that in the last three days, so many locations of the Bandits have been identified, with 10 of their camps destroyed.
“We have 10 aircraft that are operating so far, we have bought a substantial quantity of aviation fuel amounting to over 200,000 litres along with quite a number of personnel to ensure that communities are secured.
“We are working very closely with the Nigerian army, we are also conducting air interdiction operation codenamed operation Wutan Daji which is an air interdiction operation that takes the fight into the forest where most of the Bandits are.
“I want to appreciate the Katsina state Governor, Aminu Masari for giving us the land to construct taxiway, apron, hangar and aircraft shelters in the newly proposed NAF Central Flying School, Katsina.
“We also appreciate their Royal highnesses, the emirs of Katsina and Daura and citizens for giving us the intelligence without which we cannot fight the Bandits.
“We are very happy with the level of support and cooperation we get from the citizens of the Northwest,” Abubakar said.