Nigerian Air Force, NAF, has deployed no fewer than 1,300 Special Forces to Benue and Zamfara states to restore normalcy following renewed killings and armed banditry in the two states.
The Air Force also disclosed that it had purchased an attack helicopter to tackle insecurity in the country, saying the Italian-manufactured Augusta 109 helicopter would soon be delivered to its custody.
NAF Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who said this in Abuja, at the Chief of Air Staff First Quarter Conference, noted that while 1,000 of the special forces troops were moved to Zamfara to tackle armed banditry in the state, 300 others were deployed to Benue State following the renewed killings in the state.
Abubakar particularly said the
specially-trained personnel were deployed in Zamfara and Benue states because
of ceaseless security problems they were known for. He also said the Special
Forces would be deployed within the Zamfara-Sokoto-Kaduna axis to contend the
spate of criminalities ravaging the North West.