The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has deployed its troops and jet fighter aircraft including the L-39ZA plane as well as the EC-135 assault helicopter to Jos, Plateau, to join the armed forces efforts in curtailing the herdsmen’s killings in the state.
This deployment was announced on Thursday by the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, who said the procedure was an instruction from President Muhammadu Buhari to the Air Force to stop the killings.
Adesanya said the deployment was to eliminate reprisals from the natives, which “would escalate the conflict”, putting in that the joint military operation in the state, Safe Haven, would guarantee a lasting end to the killings.
He said, “We have deployed some air assets and personnel to Jos to support Operation Safe Haven to maintain peace and curtail senseless killings as well as the possible spread of violence in some parts of the state.
“The deployment was ordered by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, in compliance with the directive of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari, to ensure that an end is put to the current spate of violence and killings in the state. The deployment is also to ensure the prevention of reprisal attacks, which could escalate the conflict.
“The deployed NAF assets include the L-39ZA aircraft and the EC-135 helicopter, which are to provide necessary air cover to the surface forces participating in the operation in the state.”