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Air Force offers more platforms to defeat Boko Haram

14 August 2015, 08:48Okoro Chinedu

Lagos – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has restated its dedication to complementing efforts to end the Boko Haram scourge afflicting some parts of the country.

On Thursday, in a renewed drive to crush the resistance of the Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) group, NAF deployed additional combat platforms to the Northeast Nigeria in support of the ongoing counter-insurgency operation codenamed ‘Operation Lafiya Dole.

The new deployment came on the heels of the recent visit of the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar to the operational areas. 

Also Read: Government gives military three months to end Boko Haram attacks

The newly deployed platforms include the F-7Ni fighter aircraft, Mi-24/35 attack helicopters, Agusta 109 LUH, Supa Puma Combat Support helicopter and ATR-42 surveillance aircraft which hitherto had been away for scheduled maintenance.

Air Commodore Dele Alonge, Director of Public Relations and Information at the NAF, said the provision of additional platforms in the North-East was in line with President Mohammadu Buhari’s mandate to bring an end to insurgency in the country, mostly in the Northeast. 

“The new deployment is aimed at boosting existing military efforts to defeat the Boko Haram terrorists. It is also expected to enhance the capability of the Nigerian Armed Forces to fight in a more proactive and efficient manner,” said Alonge. 

- CAJ News


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