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FG Deploys Super Tucano Air Craft To N’East After Taking Delivery Of All 12

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The federal government has taken delivery of all the 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack air craft expected from the United States.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed made this known on Monday during a television appearance.

The minister described the attack air craft as a “game changer” and disclosed that they have been used for operations in the north-east already.

He said the air craft contributed to the recent successes recorded by the military in that region.

The Super Tucano planes were brought in in batches.

“All the 12 Super Tucano fighter jets have been received. As at this morning, all the 12 were here and they have been deployed to the north-east,” he said.

“We can see that the Tucano jets are actually a game changer.

“Most of the successes we have recorded in recent time is because of the acquisition of the new platforms, not limited to the super Tucano.”

The minister also commented on the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report which alleged that the Nigerian air force paid bandits ₦20 million in exchange for an anti-aircraft gun.

The gun was said to have posed a threat to President Muhammadu Buhari who was flying “to his hometown about 80 miles away”.

The Air Force had dismissed the report as “utterly illogical,” saying it could be part of a campaign to worsen insecurity in Nigeria.

Responding, the minister said: “Fortunately, the Air Force immediately debunked this because this exposes their ignorance.

“Between Zamfara, Katsina, parts of Kaduna and Niger states, there are about 150 bandit camps. Who then was the money given to?

“It does not make any sense and it is because they do not understand how bandits operate that is why they can peddle that kind of fake news.”

The minister added that the military’s onslaught against terrorists is encouraging people to return to the farms, particularly in the north-east.

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