Nigeria takes delivery of new fighter helicopters – CAS

The Federal Government has taken delivery of two fighter helicopters to boost the ongoing fight against insurgency and banditry in the country.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, disclosed this when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting of the National Security Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting was presided over by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

Abubakar explained that additional fighter helicopters and other military hardware would be supplied to the nation’s armed forces to enhance their capacity in the fight against insecurity.

He said, “In terms of procurement of platforms, a substantial number of this equipment is expected by the end of February, some of the equipment we are acquiring have started arriving.

“For the Nigerian Air Force, two helicopter gunships arrived on Jan. 15 and we are now in the process of putting them together to add to whatever we have already.

“I am sure you are also familiar with the equipment acquisition by the Nigeria Police Force; I am sure you are also familiar with the policy on community policing that was approved by the President.

“It is going to be funded and the whole idea is to ensure that Nigeria is secured and citizens can go about pursuing their legitimate aspirations without any hindrance.’’

According to Abubakar, Nigeria is collaborating with its neighbours to completely end the Boko Haram insurgency.

“We are doing everything with other sister countries in the Lake Chad basin, working together to ensure that Boko Haram terrorism is brought substantially to an end as much and as quickly as possible.”

He, however, appealed to all Nigerians to contribute their quota towards addressing security challenges troubling some parts of the country.

“Our appeal is for all Nigerians and other stakeholders, local and state governments, to join hands with the Armed Forces of Nigeria to ensure that our country is secured rather than looking at other methods that are likely going to negate the national community policing policy that the federal government has approved.

“What we want to do is to reassure Nigerians that the Armed Forces and indeed other intelligence and security agencies in Nigeria are going to continue to work round the clock to ensure that our country is secured.

“We will ensure that nobody undermines the territorial and national sovereignty of Nigeria.

“We are going to keep a very close watch on what is going on and with the equipment that we are getting.

“Definitely the challenges we are facing in some of the theatres of operation particularly the North-East will be addressed adequately.”

(NAN)

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