President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has unveiled and inducted two Aircraft into the inventory of the Nigerian Air Force to enhance the fight against insecurity in the country.
The two Aircraft were T-129 Attack combat Helicopter and a Beechcraft King Air-360 Air fighter jet.
Unveiling the two Aircraft Tuesday at the Nigerian Air Force base in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, the President who was represented by the Vice President, Kashim Shettima, directed all heads of security formation in the country to unite in their efforts to end insecurity in Nigeria and promised to deploy the entire mechanism and state powers to ensure the security of Nigerians, and their property.
He assured that his administration would support the Nigeria Air Force and other security agencies in the fight against insurgents, and commended the Chief of Air Staff, and the entire personnel of the force, for the successes recorded over the years.
Speaking in an interview with newsmen shortly after the ceremony, the Benue State Governor, Hyacinth Alia, said the unveiling and induction of another set of Aircraft into the Inventory of Nigerian Air Force, would help in curbing the insurgents in the country, and Benue State in particular.
He also said that the induction would assist the Nigerian Air Force to intensify its operation in order to end the killings across the nation, and Benue State, on a daily basis, to enable the people go to bed with their eyes closed, as well as facilitate the return of IDPs to their ancestral homes.
Governor Alia expressed hope that the Personnel of the Nigerian Air Force, will use the new Aircraft to dislodge bandits, kidnappers, and other criminal elements causing problems in the state, and commended the security agencies for their resilience in their efforts to restore peace and order, in the country.
He also commended President Tinubu for the milestone achievements he has recorded, since his assumption of office, which according to him, has brought relative peace in the state, and other parts of the country.
In a remark, the Minister of Defence, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, said the induction of the Aircraft was a testimony of President Tinubu’s efforts towards equipping the security agencies in the country, for effective performance, and assured that he would ensure judicious use of the aircraft to achieve the desired results.
On his part, the Chief of Air Force, Air Vice Marshall Hassan Balla Abubakar, promised that with the induction of more aircraft, the men of the Nigerian Air Force, would not rest until the fight against insecurity in the country favourably comes to an end, for peace and stability that Nigerians deserve, is restored even as pilots have been trained with more undergoing various trainings within and outside the country, on how best to use and manage the new equipment to ensure a seamless operation.
Governor Alia who led top Government officials to welcome the Vice President, for the event, was presented with souvenirs as a mark of honour by the Nigerian Air Force