Trained Mi-35M pilots to return Friday
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has added another aircrafts to inventory by taking possession of two new Russian Mi-35M fighter jets.
This is coming barely 48 hours after reports emerged that the United States President, Donald Trump, has approved the sale of 12 sophisticated fighter air crafts to help in the counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations against Boko Haram terrorists in the North East.
But NAF officials on Wednesday, said this new arrivals will see action in the Southern part of the country and would “soon commence fresh aerial strikes on Lagos creeks”.
Security sources said that the new jets will be inducted into the inventory during the NAF anniversary next week.
In the same vein, about six Nigerian pilots, training in Russia to fly the fighter jets, would return to Nigeria on or before Friday.
Military sources also disclosed that troops of Operation Awatse are being deployed as plans to launch an offensive on Isawo in the Ikorodu area, get underway.
This is coming three days after an officer of the Nigerian Army and four Police men were killed by militants in parts of Ikorodu Local Government Area (LGA) of Lagos State.
The Director of Defence Information (DDI), Maj-Gen. John Enenche, last week gave a hint that the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has authorized the operation and residents around creeks.
Enenche had urged the residents of Lagos and Ogun states to supply credible information to the military
He was quoted to have said: “The Operation Awatse by the Armed Forces is aimed at curbing pipeline vandalism and petroleum products-related criminality with negative socio-economic consequence for the country.
“It is ongoing. Surveillance is key to the success of the military in this operation, which is based on accurate and timely intelligence. In this regard, the general publics around Lagos and Ogun states in particular are very useful for more successes in this operation.”