The Nigerian Air Force has disclosed that it will deploy drones to deal with bandits and insurgents in the North-West and North-Eastern states of Katsina, Gombe and Zamfara.
This was contained in a statement released in Abuja on Saturday by the NAF spokesman, Air Commodore, Ibikunle Daramola.
According to Daramola, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, disclosed this while celebrating Eid-el-Kabir with frontline troops in Katsina, where he commended the men for their sacrifices.
The statement added that the drones would be stationed in Katsina and Gusau to cover the North-Western states while the one in Gombe will cover the North-Eastern states.
Daramola said the CAS warned the bandits to lay down their arms and surrender to appropriate authorities or face the consequences.
The statement read in part, “The CAS equally revealed that some of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles being procured for the NAF would be stationed in Katsina and Gusau, to cover the North-West and Gombe for the North-East.
“He stated that steps were also being taken to improve the development and employment of NAF Special Forces in order to keep them motivated to remain the excellent lethal force they had become,” the statement indicated.
Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State in his remark, appreciated the NAF operatives for their efforts in combating banditry and insurgency in the region.