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Army secretly induct Six A-29 Super Tucano, barred Journalists

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Some journalists listed to underwrite the inauguration ceremony of the six recently purchased A-29 Super Tucano planes into the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Order of Battle, said to have been blocked from gaining entrance to the Presidential Air Fleet Apron, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

Both Armed safety men from navy and para-military organizations posted at the venue of the parade and different strategic places at the airport instructed the journalists that the occasion had been suspended.

However, a top official from the US embassy in Nigeria informed Daily Trust that the induction was not discontinued Ir postponed as notified by the security agents, revealing the ceremony was executed ‘quietly’.

When requested why the federal government and the army took the decision of blocking reporters from the function, the official stated he had no information concerning the decision.

Commodore Edward Gabkwet, the spokesman of the Nigerian Air Drive (NAF), had on July 22, 2021, confirmed the arrival of the first batch of six A-29 Super Tucano planes in Kano.

He divulged that the plane have been acquired by the Minister of Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (Rtd), together with the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, and the Chief of Air Workers, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao.

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