Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, The Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF Headquarters, said in a statement in Abuja.
NAF gives air cover to troops on operation python dance
Adesanya explained that it was in line with NAF’S commitment to national peace and security as well as providing the necessary air cover to the ground troops to enhance overall operational cohesion and efficiency.
He explained that the wide expanse of area which the exercise covers necessitated the request by the Nigerian Army (NA) for close air support.
“The exercise is aimed at combatting security challenges in the region.
“The deployment of air assets in support of the NA is in fulfilment of one of the constitutional mandate of NAF,” he said.
Anstalk reports that the operation began officially on Sept. 15, and was planned to cover the entire South- East region,
Meanwhile, Ebonyi Government has declared support for the ongoing Nigerian Army exercise – “Egwu Eke’’, Python Dance II, in the South East zone.
Gov. David Umahi declared the support when he received the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai.
He, however, urged the army to keep to its rules of engagement.