The federal government has announced that it has taken delivery of the last batch of 12 A-29 Super Tucano fighter jets expected from the United States.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, revealed it Monday when he appeared on a Continental TV telephone show, “This Morning”, monitored by the Nigerian News Agency.
âAll 12 Super Tucano fighter jets have been received. By this morning, all 12 were there and they were deployed to the northeast.
âWe can see the Tucano jets are a game changer.
âMost of the successes that we have had in recent times are due to the acquisition of new platforms, not limited to the super Tucano,â he said.
The minister said that with recent notable successes recorded by the military on insecurity, he was amused by a story on Monday that the Nigerian Air Force paid 20 million naira to bribe bandits to that they don’t shoot down the president’s plane.
Fortunately, the Air Force immediately debunked this because it exposed their ignorance.
âBetween Zamfara, Katsina, parts of Kaduna and Niger states, there are around 150 bandit camps. Who was the money given to?
âIt doesn’t make any sense and it’s because they don’t understand how bandits work, which is why they can peddle this kind of fake news,â he said.
Mohammed said that with the improvement of the security situation in the northeast and north-central areas, the nation would experience improved food security.
âIf you look at what is happening recently, you can see an intensification of activities in the agricultural area.
âThis is due to the superior firepower of the military which now allows people to get to their farms, especially in the northeast.
“They have succeeded in keeping the criminals at bay,” he said.
The minister gave assurances that the army’s success against terrorists and bandits would be sustained.
He therefore requested the cooperation and support of Nigerians for the sustainability of military action.
NAN recalls that the Nigerian Air Force took delivery on July 22 of the first batch of six A-29 Super Tucano planes from the United States.
NAF Headquarters Public Relations and Information Director Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, who made the announcement, said the plane had arrived in Kano.
Officials who received the plane included the Minister of Defense, the retired Major-General. Bashir Magashi, Army Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Faruk Yahaya and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao.