- The Nigerian Army has appealed for the provision of helicopters which would be used in the fights against Boko Haram terrorists
- The appeal was made by the theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole Olusegun Adeniyi to the lawmakers of the National Assembly
- Adeniyi said the provision of helicopters is the only thing the Army needs now to end Boko Haram insurgency
The Nigerian Army has appealed to lawmakers of the National Assembly to provide helicopters for military operations against Boko Haram terrorists fighting in the northeast.
The theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi, said Boko Haram and all other terrorist groups in the region will be crushed in a short period of time should the National Assembly approve the purchase of helicopters for the Army.
Adeniyi while speaking during a visit by the National Assembly's joint committee on Army in Maiduguri, Borno state said the unavailability of Army aviation was responsible for the institution's inability to defeat the terrorists.
He said the necessary gadget needed in the fight against insurgency if provided would aid the Nigerian Army's effort in fighting Boko Haram.
Adeniyi said: "The only thing that needs to be given to the army now is Nigeria Army Aviation with its own helicopters."
“There is a way you solve a problem that will change the game. The army needs combat helicopters to end the Boko Haram war. If we have it, it will not be deployed like air force assets, air force jets which are for bigger strategic goals," he added.
He also said that the helicopters, if provided would be dispatched alongside frontline troops and riffles.
“These helicopters will sleep with us in the trenches, they will be with us in the frontline. These helicopters and the rifles are dispatched together.
“I know this has been on the table for years. When this is done, Nigeria can forget about Boko Haram," Adeniyi added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Army said it captured 10 top members of the Boko Haram group.
The suspected Boko Haram terrorists were said to have been captured in Bitta village in Gwoza local government area of Borno while they were trying to escape the troops’ sustained onslaught against them.
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