– In its determination to stop pipeline bombings the
NAF sends more aircraft to the Niger Delta
– The NAF advises locals to provide any information on
whereabouts of the militants
The Nigerian Air Force has deployed additional aircraft to
Niger Delta region against militancy, economic sabotage
and all forms of criminalities.
This was contained in statement made available to
NAIJ.com by the NAF.
It reads: “The Nigerian Air Force has deployed additional
aircraft to the Niger Delta in support of the military
operations code named “Operation Pulo Shield” against
militancy, economic sabotage and all forms of criminalities
in the south-south region of the country.
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“The deployment was necessitated by the recent spate of
attacks on the Nation’s oil and gas installations by the new
militant group, Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).
“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
“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.
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“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.”
President Buhari directed the military to crack down on a
new militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers, which has
been attacking oil installations.
He threatened that his government would descend heavily
on oil and gas pipelines bandits as well as other saboteurs
the same way the troops were dealing with members of the
Boko Haram sect.
Meanwhile, the third militant group that emerged recently
threatened to launch six missiles and to bring down any
aircraft deployed to the region.