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Buhari to hand over presidential jets

09 October 2016, 17:27

Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari is set to on Monday hand over aircraft from the Presidential Air Fleet to the Nigerian Air Force, Punch reports.

"I can confirm to you that based on the directive of the president, the commander of the Presidential Air Fleet will hand over some aircraft in the fleet to the Nigeria Air Force on Monday. The handover ceremony will be open to members of the public. President Buhari may be represented at the event by the minister of defence. It will hold at about midday on Monday," a presidential source said.

The Presidential Air Fleet has up to ten aircraft with only one, a Boeing Business Jet reserved for the President's exclusive use.

Also read: Group performs funeral rites on Boko Haram in Abuja

Other government officials who make use of the air fleet include Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, First Lady Aisha Buhari, Dolapo Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki and other government officials acting on behalf of the president.

News24 meanwhile reported that the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, disclosed plans by the NAF to deploy additional personnel to the Niger Delta to combat militancy.

A statement from Air Force spokesperson, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa on Saturday said Air Marshal Abubakar spoke in Yenagoa while on a visit to NAF Mobility Command in Bayelsa State.

The NAF also revealed that it spends N475 million monthly to fuel air crafts used in the eradication of Boko Haram.

According to Sadique Abubakar, NAF Chief of Air Staff, the force uses an average of 1.9 million litres of aviation fuel each month to fly mission to the country's North-East and monitor the movement of insurgents.

For more on this story, visit Punch.

- News24


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