In a boost to the fight against Boko Haram and banditry, the Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government has received two fighter helicopters.
This was made known by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar while speaking to State House correspondents after a security meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to the Chief of Air Staff, additional fighter helicopters and other military hardware would be supplied to Nigeria.
Abubakar said: “In terms of procurement of platforms, a substantial number of this equipment are expected by the end of February, some of the equipment we are acquiring have started arriving.
“For the Nigerian Air Force, two helicopter gunships arrived on the Jan. 15 and we are now in the process of putting them together to add to whatever we have already.
“I am sure you are also familiar with the equipment acquisition by the Nigeria Police Force; I am sure you are also familiar with the policy on community policing that was approved by the President.
“It is going to be funded and the whole idea is to ensure that Nigeria is secured and citizens can go about pursuing their legitimate aspirations without any hindrance.”
He also revealed that the federal government was working alongside neighbouring countries to tackle Boko Haram.
“We are doing everything with other sister countries in the Lake Chad basin, working together to ensure that Boko Haram terrorism is brought substantially to an end as much and as quickly as possible,” he said.
The Security Chief assured that security agencies were ready to contain all cases of insurgency or banditry in any part of the country, NAN reports.
“What we want to do is to reassure Nigerians that the Armed Forces and indeed other intelligence and security agencies in Nigeria are going to continue to work round the clock to ensure that our country is secured.
“We will ensure that nobody undermines the territorial and national sovereignty of Nigeria.
“We are going to keep a very close watch on what is going on and with the equipment that we are getting.
“Definitely the challenges that we are facing in some of the theatres of operation particularly the North-East will be addressed adequately.”