In a bid to totally rout out banditry, kidnapping, and other forms of insecurity in Katsina State, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has deployed five additional fighter jets to the state.
This development was confirmed by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, shortly after inspecting a designated area for the construction of additional hangar, apron, and other facilities for the newly proposed NAF Central Flying School, located at Bakuru village, Katsina State.
The additional jets which bring the total number of aircraft deployed in the area to 10, would provide more aerial firepower for troops under Wutan Daji operation, a subsidiary of Operation Hadarin Daji in their fight against insurgency.
The Umaru Musa Yar’adua International Airport in Katsina is serving as an operational base for aerial support in the war against bandits in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, and Kaduna states.
“We have 10 aircraft that are operating so far; we have bought a substantial quantity of aviation fuel amounting to over 200,000 litres, along with quite a number of personnel to ensure that the communities are secured,” Abubakar said.
He added that the Air force is working closely with other security agencies to take the fight to the forests where many of the bandits are hiding.
Naija News recalls the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari held a closed-door meeting with the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, the Director-General, Department of State Services, Magashi Bichi, the National Security Adviser, Babagana Mungono, and the Katsina State Commissioner of Police, Sanusi Buba, about a week ago.
The meeting was in connection with current security challenges in the state.
This came after some resident of the state had earlier taken to the streets in protest against the incessant attacks and killings in the state.