Air Force deploys to Taraba to maintain peace

Martha Obi, Abuja

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has deployed one of its armed helicopters to Takum, Taraba State to give support to ground forces in an effort to maintain peace in the area.

The Director Public Relations and Information NAF,  Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya said “the deployment of the helicopter was also to deter warring communities within the area from further engaging in violent activities.”

Air Commodore Adesanya  said “the helicopter was already carrying out armed reconnaissance missions within the Mambilla Plateau and environs.”

Some disturbances were reported around the Mambilla Plateau recently, resulting in the loss of lives and property.

The communal unrest between cattle 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.

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 helicopter 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.