War Against Boko Haram : Nigerian military took delivery of two Boeing 747 jets fully loaded with ammunition

February 27, 2015 3:22 pm
The Nigerian military took delivery of two Boeing 747 jets
fully loaded with ammunition that arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe
International Airport, Abuja, on Wednesday evening.

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.

Our correspondent sighted the jets on the tarmac at the airport on
Thursday but was denied access to even get close to them by officials
guarding those who were offloading the cargoes.

It was learnt that the Federal Government’s intensive campaign
against insurgents in the North-East would be boosted with the arrival
of the ammunition.
A security official at the airport, who pleaded not to be named as he
was not authorised to speak on the matter, told our correspondent that
“the ammunition in these massive cargo jets show how determined the
government is to considerably halt the activities of 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
Asked of the registration of the foreign cargo jets that brought in the
heavy ammo and where the aircraft came from, our source at the NAIA
said, “I cannot tell where the ammunitions were from but they are being
offloaded and moved to town one after the other.
“The cargo jets 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.”
It was also gathered that the offloading of the jets started since Wednesday and stretched till Thursday.
The Federal Government had also assured Nigerians that it would reduce the activities of insurgents within the six-week period.
Meanwhile, 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
withthe 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 that the
sanctity of justice would not be desecrated if mercy was shown to the
affected soldiers.
“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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