A special mission aircraft is soon to be deployed to the Benin unit of the Nigerian Airforce, according to the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar. Abubakar said the deployment of the aircraft would add value to the security arrangement of the Nigeria maritime environment and boost the fight against insurgency.
The Airforce chief who disclosed this in Benin City, Edo State capital while inspecting some facilities in the unit said in addition to that, pilots, technicians, and engineering officer would be posted to Benin as well as the Airforce Special Forces. He believed that the unit would play a very crucial role in ensuring that the Maritime environment was equally secured.
Abubakar said “Apart from other infrastructures, residential and office accommodation will be made available. We also know that there are gaps but we will try to ensure that those gaps are bridged before the special mission aircraft that will be deployed to Benin will arrive.
“We are very happy with the level of contribution you have been making as a unit to our effort at ensuring that our country is secured. The ATR 42 aircraft which operates from Benin is all over the country. It has been in Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna, Minna in Niger State making sure the country is safe”.
Though full of commendation for the hangar facility in Benin, he however noted that aircraft shelter and other ground support equipment would be required to make the operation of the aircraft to be deployed possible.
“So I want you officers to get prepared. You have been supporting the Nigeria Airforce with ATR but very soon, you will start supporting the service and indeed Nigeria through the special mission aircraft that will be deployed in Benin. I want you to continue to put in your best and ensure that this country is secured,” Abubakar enjoined them.