THE Federal Government said it has taken delivery of the last six of the 29 Ticano jets it ordered from the United States.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who made the announcement in Abuja on Monday, disclosed that the Nigerian Airforce took delivery of the last batch of jets which have already been deployed to the theatre of war in the North East.
“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,” the minister said.
Accirding to him, the jets have proven to be real game changers given their exploits so far since their deployment.
“We can see that the Tucano jets are actually game changers.
“Most of the successes we have recorded in recent times is because of the acquisition of new platforms, not limited to the super Tucano,’’ he said.
Alhaji Mohammed, who debunked claims that the Airforce paid N20 million to bribe bandits in order to ensure they don’t bring down the president’s aircraft, assured that the country will soon soon witness a turn-around in food security given improved security situation in the North East.
“If you observe what is happening recently, you can see heightened activities in the agricultural area.
“This is because of the superior fire power of the military which is now making it possible for people to go to their farms, especially in the North east.
“They have been able to put the criminals at bay,’’ he said.
He assured further that the success of the military against terrorists and bandits would be sustained, adding that Nigerians should support the military in order to put an end to insurgency.