The Nigerian Air Force, NAF, on Saturday said it would soon embark on aerial operations to protect pipeline installations in the Niger Delta region.
Addressing NAF personnel in Abuja, the Chief of Air Staff, CAS, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said that having substantially addressed the security situation in the North East, NAF has decided to shift it’s focus to the South South in a bid to protect oil and critical infrastructure.
According to Abubakar, “Be ready that at any time you are called to serve in the defence of the Nigerian state; you will be willing to do so out there and do it with every sense of patriotism.
“The challenges in the North East have been substantially addressed, so we are not too worried now about the North East.
“Our main focus will now be to protect the territorial integrity of Nigeria in the South South and to ensure that oil and gas infrastructure are not destroyed by any group or group of individuals.
“Very soon we will launch an exercise in the South South also and the aim of the exercise is to protect our people and to protect the infrastructure of Nigeria.”