- About 12 aircraft are expected for delivery by the air force
- They were purchased by the federal government
- Also, the NAF is expecting delivery of the Super Tucano aircraft
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As Nigeria continues to battle insurgency, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it is expecting the delivery of 12 additional aircraft.
The airforce said the aircraft would be deployed in the fight against insurgency in the country.
This was disclosed by the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, while on a one-day operational visit to the 407 Air Combat Training Group (407 ACTG) Kainji, Niger on Wednesday, August 5.
“We are expecting additional aircraft paid by the Federal Government,” he said. Abubakar, after inspecting the projects, also said the Service is expecting the delivery of the Super Tucano aircraft in the Country," he said.
He said that the Super Tucano is particularly important in the fight against insurgency, NAN reports.
The CAS was also briefed on the progress of work on the ongoing Periodic Depot Maintenance (PDM) of the Alpha Jets, the activation of the aircraft and the Engine.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) reacted to a call for a military coup by the national chairman of National Democratic Party (NDP), Chidi Chukwuanyi.
Chukwuanyi had in an interview with a national newspaper on Sunday, July 26, said: “Nigeria needs a Rawlings now.”
Rawlings, now 73, is a former Ghanaian military leader and subsequent politician who ruled the country from 1981 to 2001 and also for a brief period in 1979.
He led a military junta until 1992, and then served two terms as the democratically elected president of the West African country.
Rawlings initially came to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant of the Ghana Air Force following a coup d'état in 1979.
Prior to that, he led an unsuccessful coup attempt against the ruling military government on 15th May 1979, just five weeks before scheduled democratic elections were due to take place.
After initially handing power over to a civilian government, he took back control of the country on December 31, 1981 as the chairman of the Provisional National Defence Council.
In 1992, Rawlings resigned from the military, founded the National Democratic Congress, and became the first President of the Fourth Republic.
The DHQ in a statement by the coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major-General John Enenche on Monday, July 27, stated that the comment is inciting and instigative.
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