More fighter jets, gunships deployed to combat militants

The military is fully committed to ending “militancy, economic sabotage and all forms of criminalities in the south-south region of the country."

Nigeria Air force officers in a war plane, launching assault on Boko Haram

Spokesman for the air force, Ayodele Famuyiwa, said the military is fully prepared to end “militancy, economic sabotage and all forms of criminalities in the south-south region of the country."

“The additional platforms, comprising fighter aircraft, helicopter gunship and surveillance aircraft, are intended to enhance the capability of the NAF to undertake offensive air operations and intelligence gathering in support of the surfaces forces,” he said in a statement.

“Since the recent deployment the NAF has increased air operations around critical infrastructure in Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Akwa Ibom States. These include but not limited to Escravos, Forcados in Delta State; Bonga oil field, Agbami offshore and Brass in Bayelsa; Bony in Rivers; Qua Iboe Terminal in Akwa Ibom State, and Opuekeba in Ondo State.

“Meanwhile, the NAF wishes to urge members of the public not to panic at the sight of low level flying aircraft but to go about their legitimate businesses. The NAF also enjoins any member of the public to avail it or other security agencies with useful information about the where about or activities of the militant group,” Famuiwa added.

The military had deployed some arsenal to the region last week.

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