- As terrorists and other criminal elements continue to wage war across Nigeria, the military is determined to fight insecurity
- The Super Tucano fighter jets paid for by the Nigerian government is set to be deployed in the northwest and northcentral regions
- Earlier, the Nigerian military was releuctant to deploy the aircrafts due to conditions attached to the sale of the jets by the U.S
The Nigerian Air Force is set to deploy Super Tucano aircraft in the northwest and northcentral regions of the country to wage war against terrorists and other criminal elements, The Punch reports.
This development is following a ruling of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday, November 26, declaring bandits as terrorists.
Justice Taiwo Taiwo made the declaration on an ex-parte motion filed by the Nigerian government against the bandits.
Top sources in the military revealed that the coast had become clear to deploy the aircraft against bandits amid conditions attached to its sale by the United States, The Street Journal added.
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Recall that the Nigerian military was yet to deploy the newly-acquired Tucano jets against armed bandits who have laid siege in the northwest and parts of the north-central regions of the country.
Military authorities informed the National Assembly that the agreement signed with the US government is that the fighter jets would only be deployed against terrorists and insurgents, and not bandits.
The complaints by the service chiefs led to the recent demand by the Senate and the House of Representatives that bandits should be designated as terrorists.
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Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, made the announcement on Monday, October 18, during a phone-in programme of TV Continental, “This Morning,’’ monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria.
To help boost the war against insurgency and other criminal acts, the fighter jets have all been deployed to the northeast.