- The Nigerian Air Force has sent two fighter jets to troubled communities of Adamawa state
- The NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya said the jets were deployed to bomb what it called “hideouts of miscreants”
- He added that the deployment is a continuous exercise which is more of warning shots
Two fighter aircraft an Alpha Jet and an EC 135 attack helicopter have been deployed by the Nigerian Air Force to the troubled communities of Adamawa state, to bomb what it called “hideouts of miscreants” in the villages, The Punch reports.
Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, the NAF director of public relations and information, on Tuesday, December 5, confirming the deployment noted that the bombardment was “warning shots” rather than shooting to kill.
NAIJ.com gathered that the attacks on the villages, which entered its fifth day on Monday, reportedly witnessed air bombardment from the air force to stop the rampaging Fulani militia from entering into Numan.
Adesanya noted that the deployment of the aircraft was “a continuous exercise.”
He said: “We launched an attack both with our Alpha jet and the EC 135 helicopter. We were able to keep touch with the activities in the area. The deployment is a continuous exercise.
“We have an oversight function over the whole area to provide security. Before now, we had actually been doing constant air surveillance.
“Our intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms reported the bombing of villages and the rest. The two helicopters are both involved.”
On if the air force could not mistakenly bomb fleeing villagers, Adesanya said: “The air force exists to protect Nigerians, not to fight fellow Nigerians. How it is done is that we have a video recording of operations. It shows those who were actually attacked.
“There were more of warning shots – not shots to kill. Immediately the shots were fired, the miscreants realised fire was coming and they actually fled the area. I do not, at this time, have any casualty figure; all I know is that there was a positive effect of the missions.”
NAIJ.com previously reported that communities in Adamawa were attacked by men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.
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The gunmen launched attacks on Lawaru and Dung communities in Demsa local government area of Adamawa state on Monday, December 4.
The attackers are reportedly burning down villages in their ways and attacking residents as they flee to safety, according to report confirmed by the chairman, Numan local government area.
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