Nigeria: NAF Begins Airlift of Electoral Materials

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13 February 2019

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said it has commenced airlift of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) 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 yesterday 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 (CBN) officials, together with security personnel waiting at the various airports," he said.

Daramola recalled that the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), 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 fulfillment of NAF's constitutional role of providing military aid to civil authority," Daramola said.

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