NAF deploys air assets, personnel to Jos

Zenith

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has deployed some of its air assets and personnel to Jos, the Plateau state capital, to maintain peace and prevent a possible escalation of violence in some parts of the state.

This follows an earlier directive by President Muhammadu Buhari to security forces to ensure that an end is put to the current spate of violence and killings in the state.

The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar ordered the deployment to support the military operation safe haven and prevent reprisal attacks which could escalate a conflict.

The deployed NAF assets include the l-39za aircraft and the ec-135 helicopter, which are to provide necessary air cover to the surface forces participating in the operation in the state.

It would be recalled that NAF has always acted in aid of civil authority, whenever called upon to do so, in line with its statutory role.

NAF apart from its presence in the northeast to fight the Boko Haram insurgents has also deployed its air assets and personnel in recent times to Kafachan in Southern Kaduna and Takum in Taraba state to stop incessant communal clashes.

NAF remains focused on its primary responsibility of ensuring the security of the citizenry while continuing to count on their support and understanding.