The military aircrafts used in attacking Boko Haram in Sambisa Forest and other insurgents stronghold in North East have consumed aviation fuel worth N344, 452, 630 million in the last three months.
Speaking during a quarterly press conference held in Yola on Thursday, the Air Component Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Air Commodore Tajudden revealed that a sum of N343,700 for Jet A1 was used to purchase Aviation fuel while N1,751,000 was spent on MoGas for aircrafts maintenance.
Yusuf said the Nigerian Air Force had carried out several missions since April in which hundreds of terrorist target were hit and heavy casualty inflicted on them and their logistics.
He noted that the Air Force had the capability to monitor the theatre from the air, using technology that could be deployed for endless hours to give a real time online view of insurgents’ movement and location for accurate air strikes.
He however refuted reports that American and European soldiers had been involved in air operations in Sambisa, saying the effort was entirely Nigerian.
“The fight is entirely Nigerian, no foreign national involved in the fight against BoKo Haram. Except in the northern fridges where the Multi- National joint Task Force consisting of soldiers from neighboring countries, the entire theatre is an affair of the Nigerian forces”, he said.
The commander noted that the Air Component had conducted successful air operations despite bad weather and other natural challenges that sometimes impeded air missions.
Yusuf added that the Force under the Chief of Air staff, air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, had treated 201 displaced persons and provided meals daily to 1000 pupils from internally displaced persons camps in Bama, Dalori and Banki IDPS camps.