Super Tucanos exposed to bandits’attack—Niger rep

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Hon. Jafaru Muhammad (APC, Niger), has raised the alarm the Super Tucano aircraft stationed at the 407 Air Weapon Training School, New Bussa, may be damaged by bandits ravaging Niger currently.

The member representing Agwara/Borgu federal constituency said this while moving a motion at plenary on Tuesday.

He called on the federal government to address banditry in communities in his constituency, which he said is close to where the 12 newly acquired aircraft are parked.

“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,” he said.

“The Correctional Centre 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.”

He listed communities in Babanna and Malale wards, some parts of Wawa, Shagunu and Pissa/Kabe Wards in Borgu Local Government Areas as well as Mago town in Agwara Local Government  as those already facing attacks by bandits who have been destroying houses and valuable properties on weekly basis.

He, therefore, 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 motion was adopted and passed by the house.