Nigeria plans to deploy 12 Super Tucano jets, recently purchased from the United States against bandits as part of concerted efforts by the government to end terrorism before 2023 general election.
The federal government is also said to be working on legistlation and rules to which will formally classify bandits as bandits operating in the country as terrorists group.
Already, the government has secured a court order declaring bandits as terrorists.
Sources said the Super Tucano jets will be deployed as soon as the gazette declaring the bandits as terrorists group is out.
But, the United States (U.S.) has not given a blank cheque to Nigeria on the use of the fighter jets.
The U.S. has floated a monthly schedule to monitor the deployment of the jets, the battle grounds and the purpose of the deployment.
It was learnt that some U.S. officers have been coming to Nigeria to evaluate the use of the jets in line with the terms of sale.
The Minister of Justic office has confirmed he move by the government to declare bandits as terrorists group and that the procedures were almost met.
It was learnt that the Armed Forces, top government officials and some states and communities held hostage were excited about the news of imminent deployment.
“You know that the Federal Government, on its own, went to court and got the judgment declaring bandits as terrorists. This has excited everyone.
“The American suppliers of the aircraft needed to be assured that Nigeria will keep to the terms of the sale, which is to strictly use them against terrorists.
“Now that the courts have said so, you should expect the deployment of the aircraft as soon as all processes, including the gazetting of the judgment, are completed.
“But, even before this is done, new platforms are being received and deployed and you can see the devastating effects of the nation’s airpower on the terrorists and bandits in the Northeast and the Northwest,” source said..