Popular Nigerian journalist, Babajide Kolade Otitoju, has revealed why the recently inducted Super Tucano jets will be employed to fight in the North- East and not in the North- West. Babajide made some revelations concerning the military aircraft during a recent interview on TVC News.
Some Super Tucano jets were recently acquired to strengthen the fight against insecurity as experienced in some parts of the country. Babajide Otitoju revealed that the weapons were recently inducted during a ceremony in Abuja, and they have been tested. The ace journalist has since revealed some details concerning how the jets will be used by the army.
Speaking during his interview, Babajide said, ” The jets will be fit to go into battle in the North- East and not in the North- West because the Americans want us to use the Super Tucanos on terrorists and not civilians. The Americans will be happy if we use the Super Tucanos against Boko Haram elements who have already been proscribed as terrorists. America will not be happy to see us using the Super Tucanos against the Bandits in the Northwest and North- Central because they have not been designated as terrorists. ”
Explaining further, Babajide added, ” I can tell you that anytime from now, the Super Tucanos will fully go into battle against Boko Haram and ISWAP in the North- East. I expect to hear reports about the performance of the Super Tucanos soon.
The Americans have demanded that the jets should not be used against civilians, so they still see bandits as bandits. That is why the Super Tucano jets have not been used in the ongoing operations in Zamfara. ”
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