The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has commenced the airlift of electoral materials for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) across the country ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The airlift exercise commenced on Monday, according to NAF spokesperson, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, who disclosed this via a statement.
He said the airlift of both sensitive and nonsensitive materials were done in batches day and night, with NAF C-130 Hercules aircraft from the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja to various airports across the country.
“The materials were duly delivered by the C-130H aircraft crew to teams of INEC and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) officials, together with security personnel waiting at the various airports,” he said.
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, had during his meeting with Air Officers Commanding (AOCs) and NAF Field Commanders on February 1, 2019, had expressed the readiness of NAF to avail INEC its transport aircraft to enable expeditious movement of electoral materials, as was done in the past.
The NAF spokesperson said the aircraft were deployed solely to provide airlift support to meet INEC’s logistics requirements, “in fulfillment of NAF’s constitutional role of providing Military aid to Civil Authority.”