Aruga Joe Omokaro – Abuja
In order to ensure that the presidential election is effectively monitored from the air, against any form of violence, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Alkali Usman Baba has deployed six armed helicopters to the six Geo-Political Zones.
The SUPREME exclusively learnt this morning that, four of the helicopters are ready for deployment today, and would leave Force Headquarters Abuja this afternoon. The remaining two are expected to leave Abuja tomorrow Thursday.
“The one for South West will be stationed in Lagos. It will arrive Lagos today” (22-02-23) a dependable source at Force Headquarters disclosed to The SUPREME.
We learnt that, the one for South-South would be stationed in Calabar, Cross River State capital
We also gathered that the aircrafts are capable of conveying 10 armed personnel.
Our source assured that, they are capable to hover in the air for over one hour
“The one to be stationed in Calabar is capable of flying to Asaba, Warri and to Benin,” our source disclosed .
The source assured that, the aircrafts are capable to fire gunshots from the air. But that, “this is election. We will not fire gun shots. We will use minimum force such as smoke (tear gas. We only use maximum force by shooting when we are fighting bandits or armed criminals “.
So far, about 60 pilots are said to have been deployed for the elections.
The SUPREME learnt that, the Assistant Inspector-General (AIG) of Police in charge of Police Airwing Department, AIG Danladi Lalas will be monitoring the pilots operations from Force Headquarters Abuja from tomorrow Thursday till Monday 27-02-23.
Our source at FHQ hinted that, the zonal pilots will be networking with Commissioners of Police (CP.s) of each state in their respective zones, to ensure that any violence is promptly curbed from the air.
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