The Federal Government of Nigeria has offered two Augusta AW 101 helicopters from the presidential fleet to the army. Both aircrafts were delivered to the military on Monday the 10th of October in Abuja by the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno. The President Buhari gesture, according to Garba Shehu, the deputy communication officer in Aso Rock, is the fulfilment of a promise made by the Nigerian leader to reduce expenses at the presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Both helicopters were acquired October 20th, 2014 and May 21st, 2015. In terms of specificity, they are among the most sophisticated, most comfortable and best equipped in the world. Cameroon Intelligence Report gathered that the Augusta Westland AW101 helicopters have ballistic defense capabilities and are equipped against certain forms of missile attacks.
Receiving the two helicopters, the head of the Nigerian Air Force thanked the presidency and announced the one of the device will be used as an air ambulance and the second will be used to transport troops northeast of the country. Both devices will strengthen the capacity of the armed forces in their campaign against the insurgency in Nigeria. Buhari had earlier put on sale two presidential jets.
By Soter Tarh Agbaw-Ebai