PLANNED BHT ATTACKS ON MILITARY FORMATIONS: NAF ASSURES BENUE PEOPLE OF ADEQUATE PROTECTION
Following the receipt of credible security reports showing that remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists’ group who are currently feeling the heat of the military onslaught in the bid to clear them out of the country have concluded plans to attack military formations and other soft targets, security has been beefed up in all military locations.
The development came to light just as the Nigerian Air Force assured the good people of Benue State who had become apprehensive of the NAF’s stern security measures that it will continue to ensure adequate protection of lives and property for the people of Benue State.
Recall that the headquarters of the Tactical Air Command of the NAF and several other formations area located in Benue State.
A statement in this regard signed by the Director of Airforce Public Relations, Air Commodore Dele Alonge said, “The NAF over the years has maintained the reputation of being a responsible organization that have discharged its constitutional mandate of protecting the territorial integrity of Nigeria and its airspace including lives and property of the citizenry.
“It is instructive to note that with the recent successes recorded by the military in the North East against the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT), intelligence reports revealed that due to the fierce attack on the sect, the BHT elements are presently in disarray and looking for soft targets to strike especially military installations.
“Thus, the NAF has a responsibility to secure its perimeter fence to forestall any pre-emptive attack within and around the Air Force Base Makurdi.
“It was with the intention to fortify the Base that the Nigerian Air Force recently carried out a cordon and search operation within its Area of Responsibility.
“In carrying out this action, there was no destruction of houses or displacement of persons as reported by some media houses.
“Therefore, we wish to state unequivocally that the Nigerian Air Force is a humane, sensitive and rational organization that does not trample on the rights of law abiding citizens. They are therefore advised to go about their normal business without any fear of intimidation.”