The Nigerian Air Force says it has deployed its newly acquired fighter plane to Birnin Gwari in Kaduna and a few elements of Niger state to flush out bandits from their hideouts contained in the forests.
This was disclosed by the chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, throughout the commissioning of blocks of lodging for personnel of the service on Saturday.
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He mentioned that the fighter plane are anticipated to enhance present efforts being made to fight the rising circumstances of banditry, kidnapping and different associated crimes within the affected states.
“The helicopters inducted have already been deployed; one is already in Kaduna at the flight line, they are working very closely with the other air assets in Minna to make sure we support the efforts in Kaduna Birnin Gwari, Minna and other areas within Niger state.
“We are working round the clock with other security agencies to ensure that what needs to be done is done to secure the lives of people,” he added.
The Air chief defined that 10 out of the helicopters are being utilized by 32 scholar pilots to coach, owing to the necessity for extra pilots to fly the plane.
“22 aircraft have been inducted, 10 are trainer aircraft here in Kaduna, but they are important because without the training we cannot get pilots to fly.
“They are crucial and they are doing very well. There are 32 student pilots training right now,” he acknowledged.