'Bandits May Destroy NAF's $496 Million Tucano Fighter Jets'
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'Bandits May Destroy NAF's $496 Million Tucano Fighter Jets'

Jafaru Muhammad, a member of the House of Representatives, has warned that bandits may attack and destroy the A-29 Super Tucano fighter jets that the United States recently delivered to Nigeria.

The federal government paid $496 million for 12 units of military aircraft.

Muhammad moved a motion in the plenary on Tuesday to condemn the activities of bandits in parts of Niger State.

The lawmaker moved a motion titled ‘Need to address incessant banditry attacks at Agwara/Borgu Federal Constituency of Niger State,’ in which he lamented bandit attacks on communities within Agwara/Borgu Federal Constituency of Niger State.

He also stated that communities in Babanna and Malale Wards, as well as some parts of Wawa, Shagunu, and Pissa/Kabe Wards in Borgu Local Government Areas, and Mago town in Agwara Local Government, had been “massively attacked by bandits, who demolished houses and valuable properties on a weekly basis.”

“The House is concerned that many people, including the district head of Wawa and the elderly mother of a serving member of the Niger State House of Assembly, were abducted during the attacks, while others, including the district head of Dekare and many guards at Kainji National Park, were killed,” Muhammad said.

“The House is further worried that Nigeria’s Super Tucano fighter jets, which are being kept at the 407 Air Weapon Training School, New Bussa, are exposed to the risk of getting destroyed, given its proximity to the location of bandits at the Kainji National Park in the Borgu Game Reserve.

“The House is concerned that the Correctional Centre, which is situated in 221 and 101 Battalions and has some insurgents incarcerated therein poses great risk to public safety, lives and properties in the areas within the constituency.”

Adopting the motion, the House urged the Federal Government to deploy sufficient military personnel to 221 and 101 battalions in Wawa and 407 Air Weapon Training School New Bussa to protect lives and national assets.

The House also urged the National Agricultural Land Development Authority and the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment to convert a greater part of the Kainji National Park for agriculture and commercial investment to eliminate hideouts for bandits.

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