The Nigerian Air force (NAF) has deployed Fighter Jets and Attack Helicopters to combat violence ahead of Saturday governorship and state assembly elections.
The NAF announced that Fighter Jets and Helicopters have been deployed to sensitive locations across the country to checkmate and stall violence in these violent-prone areas.
According to the NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola the Nigerian Airforce have concluded the air-lifting of electoral materials to the relevant locations for distribution to the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN) and polling stations.
Speaking further, the Air Commodore Ibikunle informed that attack helicopters, fighter planes and intelligence gathering platforms have been put on standby for potentially violence-prone areas ahead of the elections tomorrow.
“We have other aircraft, the ISR platforms, attack platforms, and helicopters; they have been deployed in different locations across the country.
“Depending on where they are, they provide surveillance, reconnaissance in a show of force. They give feedback to operations or situation room.” He said.
Speaking about the delivery of the electoral materials, the Air Commodore said that the materials have been delivered without a hitch and the NAF expects a successful election tomorrow.
He was quoted as saying;
“In terms of delivery of electoral materials to all the 31 locations that have been done because that is where they have airfields and we used the transport aircraft.
“From those locations, the materials are moved to the various CBN locations and local government areas that cover INEC logistics responsibilities. We are good to go.”
Meanwhile, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, speaking in a meeting with Air Force commanders, said contingency plans have been put in place in case of any breakdown of law and order.
He said that the Nigerian Airforce hospitals and medical centres have been put on the alert to assist in attending to any medical emergencies.
Finally, Air Marshal Abubakar disclosed that eight aircrafts were deployed in the airlift operations flying a total of about 340 hours in 257 sorties with about 120 crew members comprising pilots, technicians and other specialists operating on a round-the-clock basis.
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