The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has taken delivery of two Agusta 109 Power attack helicopters, as part of efforts to boost its fight against insurgency.
According to a statement by the NAF, spokesperson, Air Commodore Ibukunle, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Sadique Abubakar disclosed this in Maiduguri on Monday during a luncheon with troops of the Air Task Force (ATF) Operation LAFIYA DOLE (OPLD) to mark the Easter Celebrations.
According to the statement, the Air Chief informed that the Aircrafts are currently being assembled for induction during the forthcoming 2019 NAF Day Celebration taking place in Abuja from 27 – 29 April 2019.
The state explained that the Air chief, speaking at the luncheon commended the resilience and commitment of the troops in ensuring that Nigeria and Nigerians are safe.
He said the NAF, would continue to acquire new platforms and build human capacity whilst ensuring the welfare of personnel, in order to effectively and efficiently respond to national security imperatives.
He specially commended the Commader, officers, airmen and airwomen of the ATF for the successes recorded in the fight against the terrorists within the OPLD Theatre as well as in the Multi-National Joint Task Force Operation YANCIN TAFKI.
The CAS reminded the personnel that so much was at stake in the fight to rid the Nation of insurgents, terrorists, armed bandits and other criminal elements, while urging them to remain resolute while intensifying their efforts and maintaining continuous vigilance to defend the liberties and values Nigerians hold so dear.
Abubakar noted that the delivery of the two Agusta 109 Power attack helicopters was a testimony of President Muhamnadu Buhari’s support.
He remarked that the NAF, working in concert with sister Services and other security agencies, would continue to reciprocate by sustaining its operations, not only in the Northeast but also in the Northwest, in order to ensure that Nigerians are able to pursue their legitimate aspirations, without fear