The Nigerian Air Force says it has commenced airlift of Independent National Electoral Commission electoral materials across the country for the conduct of Saturday’s elections.
The Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
“The airlift includes day and night missions, during which both sensitive and non-sensitive electoral materials are conveyed in batches, with NAF C-130 Hercules aircraft from Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, to airports across the country.
“The materials are duly delivered by the C-130H aircraft crew to teams of INEC and Central Bank of Nigeria officials, together with security personnel waiting at the various airports,” he said.
Daramola recalled that the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, had expressed the readiness of NAF to avail INEC its transport aircraft to enable expeditious movement of electoral materials, as done in the past.
“It is pertinent to state that the transport aircraft are deployed solely to provide airlift support to meet INEC’s logistics requirements, in fulfilment of NAF’s constitutional role of providing military aid to civil authority,” Daramola said.