The Nigerian Air Force, NAF, has deployed additional aircraft to the Niger Delta to boost military operations against militancy in the region.
The move is to strengthen the military intervention in the region codenamed “OPERATION PULO SHIELD” which is to curb economic sabotage and all forms of criminalities in the Niger Delta.
Director of Public Relations & Information in the Nigeria Air Force, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, in a statement released on Friday, explained that the deployment was necessitated by the recent spate of attacks on the nation’s oil and gas installations by the Niger Delta Avengers and other militant groups in the region.
The latest deployment included a fighter aircraft, helicopter gunship and surveillance aircraft, which are intended to enhance the capability of the NAF to undertake offensive air operations and gather more intelligence.
Famuyiwa stated that since the recent deployment, the NAF has increased air operations around critical infrastructure in Escravos and Forcados in Delta State; Bonga oil field, Agbami offshore and Brass in Bayelsa State; Bony in Rivers State; Qua Iboe Terminal in Akwa Ibom State and Opuekeba in Ondo State.
The NAF spokesman urged members of the public, especially people in the Niger Delta region, to go about their legitimate businesses and not panic at the sight of low level flying aircraft.
He also called on citizens to come forward with useful information on the where about or activities of militant groups in order to enable security agencies better police the area.