Nigerian Armed forces takes delivery of Military hardware
An anonymous source also a security expert reports the berthing of two Boeing 747 aircrafts conveying ammunitions which has just arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja few days ago.
The first and second jets, which arrived around 4pm and 6pm respectively, had various forms of sophisticated weapons meant for military operations in the North-East, according to reliable sources at the airport.
The security official who was at the airport, and witnessed the unloading stated “the ammunition in these massive cargo jets show how determined the government is to considerably halt the activities of Boko Haram within the six weeks which it requested from INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission).“We don’t often see the arrival of heavy ammo like this in this airport. This one shows there is trouble for insurgents in the North-East.”
When asked as to the source country the weapons originated from “I cannot tell where the ammunitions were from but they are being offloaded and moved to town one after the other.
He concluded in describing notable inscriptions on the aircraft “The cargo plane are Boeing 747 planes and one of them has LW Italia written on it. I cannot tell you details because this is a classified operation and officials of this airport cannot even get close to see clearly other details of the airplanes. As you can see, this massive cargo plane can carry so many items than many other cargo jets.”
The offloading of the jets started since Wednesday and stretched till Thursday. The service chiefs had earlier asked the Government to postpone elections for six weeks in order to robustly engage Boko Haram insurgents, and secure the regions with security challenges.
The official Armed forces spokes person General Olukolade is yet to go public with the disclosure in confirmation or rebuttal.
In other news the Trade Union Congress has appealed to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minimah, to show mercy to soldiers who are condemned to death by firing squad for various offences in relation to ongoing counter-terrorism operation in the North-East.
A total of 60 soldiers were sentenced to death by firing squad by military court martial for mutiny, conspiracy to commit mutiny and other grave offences.
The President and Secretary General of the TUC, Messrs Bala Kaigama and Musa Lawal, respectively, said in a statement on Thursday “The Congress wishes to also appeal to the Federal Government and the military authorities to temper justice with mercy on the soldiers that were condemned some months ago.
“Justice, they say, serves a better societal purpose, when tempered with mercy. And indeed the quality of mercy is not strained. It is twice blessed. It blesses he that gives and he that takes.”
Kaigama and Lawal also urged the Army chief to ensure that the promise he made to victorious troops during his visit to Baga that all soldiers who participated in the liberation of the headquarters of the Multinational Joint Task Force would be given automatic promotion.
They said that the promise made by the Army chief would go a long way to boosting the morale of troops involved in the ongoing operation.
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