By Sunday Isuwa, Abuja
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said it has deployed one of its armed helicopters to Takum, Taraba State to give support to the ground forces in the ongoing effort to maintain peace in the area.
Also, NAF has disclosed plans to deployed an helicopter to Kafanchan, Kaduna State in support of the ground forces already working to maintain peace.
The area, Southern Kaduna has faced series of night attacks leading to the killing of many Nigerians.
But a statement by the NAF’s department of Public Relations and Information said the deployment of the helicopter to Takum Taraba State is to deter warring communities within the area from further engaging in violent activities.
“The helicopter is already carrying out armed reconnaissance missions within the Mambilla Plateau and environs,” the statement said.
It will be recalled that pockets of violence broke out recently around the Mambilla Plateau resulting in the loss of lives and property.
“The communal unrest between herders and farmers subsequently led to the imposition of a curfew. It therefore became necessary to deploy NAF air assets towards maintaining peace and providing air cover for ground troops. So far, members of the communities have been observed to be going about their business in peace,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, another NAF helicopter will soon be deployed to Kafanchan, Kaduna State in support of the ground forces already working to maintain peace in the area, the service has disclosed.
The helicopter, according to NAF, will operate from a new NAF Forward Operating Base being established in Kafanchan, as part of the Federal government’s efforts to ensure lasting peace in Southern Kaduna State.