Fighter jets of the Nigerian Air Force conducted air strikes on at least three Benue State communities in an operation which lasted several hours Saturday.
Confirming the airstrikes to Punch, the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, said it was an ongoing operation together with security services stationed there.
Adesanya said, “It is true that the NAF aircrafts are involved in an operation together with other security services in Katsina-Ala. But the operation is still ongoing and I cannot disclose further details.”
The airstrikes were reportedly carried out along the Katsina-Ala to Zaki Biam and Wukari Road in what is considered a reprisal on hoodlums in the communities.
A number of hoodlums, dressed in military camouflage, had last week attacked the Commander of the Nigerian Army Engineering Corps, Maj Gen John Malu, in his hometown in Tse Adoor, Tiir Ward, Tongov in the Katsina-Ala LGA of Benue State.
The source said, “Gbise, Ayaka and other nearby villages in Katsina-Ala were on Saturday bombarded by the air force. These are reprisal attacks by the military to clear the hoodlums who attacked Maj Gen Malu when he was home last week.
“There were mortars, artillery pieces, assault rifles and aerial bombardments.”
The operation could continue until Sunday.