The Nigerian Air Force says that it has deployed two fighter aircraft – an Alpha Jet and an EC 135 attack helicopter – to Adamawa State. It said the target was “hideouts of miscreants” in the villages.
Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, confirmed the deployment saying that the operation was “warning shots” rather than shooting to kill.
It was reported on Tuesday that scores of people were killed in Dong and Lawura villages in the Demsa Local Government Area of Adamawa State when rampaging Fulani militia attacked some communities, burning down more than five villages. Residents had confirmed the killing of a District Head and another village head by gunmen as the attackers reportedly set buildings on fire and damaged property.
“We launched an attack both with our Alpha jet and the EC 135 helicopter. We were able to keep touch with the activities in the area. The deployment is a continuous exercise.
“We have an oversight function over the whole area to provide security. Before now, we had actually been doing constant air surveillance.
“Our intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms reported the bombing of villages and the rest. The two helicopters are both involved,” The Punch quoted Adesanya to have said.