- The Nigerian Air Force said it airlifted Nigerian Army, Navy troops in support of ECOWAS Mission in The Gambia
- It said the troops airlifted officers, soldiers and ratings of the Nigerian Army and the Special Boat Services of the Nigerian navy.
- The NAF aircraft will reportedly bring back the Nigerian contingent that had completed their 6 months tour of duty in The Gambia
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Sunday, 25 March 2018, airlifted the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian navy (contingents to The Gambia in pursuance of the ongoing ECOWAS Mission in Gambia (ECOMIG).
In a statement released by the Nigerian Air Force’s director of public relations and information, Olatokunbo Adesanya, the troops who were airlifted by the NAF C-130 Hercules Aircraft included officers, soldiers and ratings from 351 Artillery Regiment of the Nigerian Army as well as from the Special Boat Services of the Nigerian navy.
Legit.ng gathered that the troops and other equipment deployed for the operation were airlifted from the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja to Banjul in The Gambia.
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The NAF aircraft is also expected to recover home the Nigerian contingent that had completed their 6 months tour of duty in The Gambia as stipulated for troop’s rotation in the ECOMIG Operation.
The statement further read: “It would be recalled that the NAF was the first to deploy to The Gambia in January 2017 as part of the standby force tasked by ECOWAS Heads of State to enforce the December 1, 2016, election mandate, which restored Adama Barrow as President.
“The NAF deployed 200 men and air assets comprising fighter jets, transport aircraft, light utility helicopters as well as Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platforms.
“The NAF’s timely intervention served as a deterrence to the former President Yahya Jammeh who then relinquished power on 21 January 2017 thus paving way for the restoration of democracy in the country.”
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Legit.ng previously reported that the chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadiq Abubakar, charged officers of the Nigerian Air Force not to be distracted by malicious campaigns from individuals who are bent on creating anarchy in the country.
The Air Force boss gave caution on Saturday, January 28, at the NAF first quarter 2018 route march exercise for personnel serving in the Federal Capital Territory.
Abubakar reminded personnel of their constitutional duties of ensuring the peace, unity and stability of the country. He urged them to stay away from those trying to destabilize the nation.
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Source: Legit.ng News