– In its determination to stop pipeline bombings the NAF sends more aircraft to the Niger Delta
– The NAF advises locals to provide any information on whereabouts of the militants
The Nigerian Air Force has deployed additional aircraft to Niger Delta region against militancy, economic sabotage and all forms of criminalities.
A statement received from Nigeria Air Force headquarters reads: “The Nigerian Air Force has deployed additional aircraft to the Niger Delta in support of the military operations code named “Operation Pulo Shield” against militancy, economic sabotage and all forms of criminalities in the south-south region of the country.
“The deployment was necessitated by the recent spate of attacks on the Nation’s oil and gas installations by the new militant group, Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).
“The additional platforms, comprising fighter aircraft, helicopter gunship and surveillance aircraft, are intended to enhance the capability of the NAF to undertake offensive air operations and intelligence gathering in support of the surfaces forces.
“Since the recent deployment the NAF has increased air operations around critical infrastructure in Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Akwa Ibom states.
“These include but not limited to Escravos, Forcados in Delta State; Bonga oil field, Agbami offshore and Brass in Bayelsa; Bony in Rivers; Qua Iboe Terminal in Akwa Ibom State, and Opuekeba in Ondo state.
“Meanwhile, the NAF wishes to urge members of the public not to panic at the sight of low level flying aircraft but to go about their legitimate businesses. The NAF also enjoins any member of the public to avail it or other Security Agencies with useful information about the where about or activities of the militant group.”
President Buhari directed the military to crack down on a new militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers, which has been attacking oil installations.
He threatened that his government would descend heavily on oil and gas pipelines bandits as well as other saboteurs the same way the troops were dealing with members of the Boko Haram sect.
Meanwhile, the third militant group that emerged recently threatened to launch six missiles and to bring down any aircraft deployed to the region.