Nigerian Air Force Will Only Reward Professionalism, Says Air Chief

Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, decorates a senior officer of the Nigerian Air Force at the NAF headquarters in Abuja on November 21, 2019. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, says the Nigeria Air Force will only reward officers and men who have shown commitment and professionalism to the protection of the country.

He stated this at the decoration of 13 Air Vice Marshals and 35 Air Commodores which held on Thursday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Sadique noted that in an increasingly complex security environment where new challenges call for the very best, human capacity development remains one key responsibility of a fighting force.

According to him, personnel skill and commitment on-the-job go a long way to determine the overall success in the transformational drive and repositioning efforts of the air force into a highly professional and disciplined force that would respond to national security imperatives.

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The air chief stresses the importance of ensuring that the services were led by persons with good leadership qualities if the military must eliminate or minimise costly mistakes during various operations.

This requirement, according to him, is higher in the case of the air force which is a highly technical service.

He, therefore, urged the newly promoted senior officers to see their promotion as recognition of professionalism and as being entrusted with the capacity to tackle higher responsibilities.

Nigerian Air Force To Provide Logistics For Supplementary Elections

Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar

 

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar, says the Nigerian Air Force will provide logistics in the forthcoming supplementary elections.

Speaking at a meeting with senior officers of the force in Abuja, Abubakar said over 120 NAF personnel are involved in the distribution of election materials across 31 locations in the country.

“The Nigerian Air force was tasked with the responsibility of moving electoral materials at the last minute, but despite that, we were able to move over 820,000kg of electoral materials using 8 aircraft to 31 different locations in Nigeria.

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“We were able to conclude this despite the fact that we were brought in late and ensure that the presidential and National Assembly elections, as well as state governorship elections, were conducted.

“Even the supplementary elections, our aircraft were able to convey some of the materials yesterday to Jalingo, Yola, and Bauchi. Similarly, we are rounding off the distribution of supplementary election materials to other areas INEC would want us to drop,” he stated.

The NAF Chief also promised a better synergy with the electoral body in distributing more electoral materials for the supplementary elections.

Court Orders Final Forfeiture Of N2.2bn Linked To Ex-Air Chief, Amosu

 

A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the final forfeiture of N2.2 billion said to have been recovered from a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu.

The money is to be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Also forfeited was a sum of N101 million recovered from a company linked to the former air chief.

The Presiding judge, Justice  Mojisola Olatoregun also ordered a former Director of Finance and Budget of the Nigerian Airforce, Air Commodore Olugbenga Ggbadebo, to permanently forfeit N1.9 billion recovered from him to the Federal Government.

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Olatoregun agreed with the anti-graft agency that the funds were proceeds of criminal activities, and held that the defendants failed to provide any facts to show if the funds were obtained lawfully.\

She, therefore, asked that the forfeited funds be paid into the government’s Treasury Single Account and asked the EFCC to show compliance with the order within 14 days.

Air Chief Asks Armed Forces To Intensify Efforts Against Insurgents

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique

 

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has asked members of the Armed Forces to intensify efforts at flushing out the remnants of Boko Haram insurgents in the North East.

Abubakar made this call at the graduation ceremony of Junior Course 86 at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, Kaduna State,

He said, “I will want you to bear in mind that you will be given appointment and responsibilities that will challenge and test the skills you have acquired whilst on this course.

“For members of the Nigerian Armed Forces, your sense of judgment in applying these skills will even be more apparent now that we are confronting a lot of internal security challenges in our country, most especially the menace of Boko Haram, ethnic-religious crisis and herdsman/farmers crisis.”

Abubakar advised the officers to remain professional in the discharge of their duties and always operate within the ambit of the law.

He said the Federal Government will continue to train military officers and other security forces to effectively combat insecurity.

South Korea Probes Air Chief Over Corruption

The head of South Korean flag carrier Korean Air — whose family have been embroiled in multiple scandals including one involving macadamia nuts — was indicted on Monday on charges of embezzling tens of millions of dollars and other offenses.

Prosecutors charged Cho Yang-ho with embezzling more than 20 billion won ($18 million) and unfairly awarding contracts to companies controlled by his family members, according to Yonhap news agency.

The super-wealthy owners of chaebols — the sprawling conglomerates that dominate the world’s 11th-largest economy — often attract controversy, but a series of scandals have made the Cho family one of the most notorious in South Korea.

Cho is the chairman of Hanjin Group, which includes Korean Air and used to own the now-bankrupt Hanjin Shipping line.

He was also head of the organizing committee for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics until stepping down two years before the Games.

The 69-year-old is also accused of taking 152 billion won from the state insurance agency in medical care benefits by illegally running a pharmacy under a borrowed name.

Initially, Cho was accused of evading inheritance tax of around 61 billion won when his father, Hanjin’s founder, died in 2002, but prosecutors said the statute of limitations had expired in 2014.

The date for Cho’s trial was not set and he was not detained ahead of the proceedings.

His two daughters, who held management positions at Korean Air, previously became viral sensations for temper tantrums dubbed the “nut rage” and “water rage” scandals, forcing Cho to issue a public apology and remove them from their posts.

The elder, Cho Hyun-ah, made global headlines in 2014 for kicking a cabin crew chief off a Korean Air plane after she was served macadamia nuts in a bag rather than a bowl. She later served a short prison sentence.

Earlier this year, her younger sister Cho Hyun-min was accused of throwing a drink at an advertising agency manager’s face in a fit of rage during a business meeting. She was not indicted as the victim did not want to press charges.

Their mother, Lee Myung-hee, has been questioned by police several times in connection with allegations of assault against her employees including cursing, kicking, slapping and even throwing a pair of scissors.

Cho himself has already had brushes with the law, receiving a suspended jail sentence for tax evasion in 2000 and awaiting a separate trial for diverting 30 billion won of company funds for renovating his own house.

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Air Chief Warns of Planned Attack on Air Force Bases By Boko Haram

Niger Delta, Air Marshall, MilitancyThe Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar has alerted his officers of possible attacks by the terrorist group across the Air Force bases.

This is following the attack on the Nigerian Air Force Base in Maiduguri, by members of the terrorist group.

Addressing senior officers at the opening ceremony of Base Defence Planning Retreat at the Air Force Base in Kaduna State, Air Marshal Abubakar hinted that available intelligence information highlights a possible attack by the group on Air Force facilities.

He disclosed that more security measures have been put in place to avert such attacks, emphasising that emerging security challenges in the country has made capacity building mandatory in order to have an efficient force that would respond timely and effectively to any threat.

In addition to the training of 300 Regiment Personnel by the British Military Assistant Team (BMAT) aimed at producing more highly skilled personnel that can protect all NAF bases in Nigeria.

we have had an attack on one of our airbases in the recent past, and current intelligence reports keep highlighting the possibility of attacks on our bases.

The CAS, however, noted that “given the importance of bases in the airpower delivery matrix, it is not inconceivable to expect our adversaries to target our bases”.

According to him, “the evolving security environment globally and indeed our nation has become complex and most times unpredictable. We are faced with a myriad of security challenges ranging from terrorism to militancy, kidnapping to economic sabotage.

“On the assumption of office and with the need to develop a robust base defence concept in view, we carried out a review of the then base defence concept. The conclusion was that the erstwhile base defence concept, with its emphasis on emplacing static guards at identified key and vulnerable points, was no longer tenable and sufficient to respond to our contemporary threats.

“Consequently, we introduced a new base defence concept. The new base defence concept is premised on the development and deployment of an air-minded ground defence force, trained and equipped as special light infantry and capable of operating both inside and outside the base perimeter against contemporary threats while leveraging on intelligence and available modern technology.

“That new base defence concept was introduced into the Service last year. However, recent evaluations of the bases reveal that many commanders and bases are still sold on the old concept and are yet to imbibe and adopt the tenets of the new base defence concept.

“To overcome this challenge, we instituted a 3-pronged learning strategy. The first was to introduce the concept to young officers at the early stages of their careers. This is already being done at the Young Officers’ Course. The second strategy was to introduce the concept to aspiring commanders. To actualize this strategy, a Base Defence Package has been incorporated into the training curriculum of the NAF Air War College. The third strategy which this august gathering is aimed at actualizing is to educate the personnel that currently have the responsibility of securing and defending our bases”, explained Abubakar.

Addressing newsmen shortly after he officially commissioned some facilities for air officers training at the base, the Air Chief disclosed that, the outcome of the earlier meeting with officers of the force was essential to review activities in the last quarter and to also see what progress they are making in terms of realizing what was set to achieve in the second quarter.

“The facilities we just commissioned are supposed to be for training of base defense force or critical assets protection force. You know you can have airplanes if the base is not properly defended you will still run into problems. We saw that in December 2013 when our base was attacked in Maiduguri and some air asset destroyed. We don’t want that to happen again. So, what we have been doing all the while is to build the capacity of base defense.

He said, “we have identified a few gaps which we are working hard to ensure we close those gaps and transform them into something positive for our country.

On the newly commissioned facilities, he said, “the facilities will take care of 300 Regiment personnel that are coming for the training. We are also expecting BMAT from Britain to train the 300 personnel.

“The whole idea is to have a very reliable and highly skilled personnel that can protect all our bases in Nigeria, add value to security in our airports and to assist in states we have security challenges”, he added.

Air Chief Condemns Renewed Bombings, Advocates Civilians’ Support

Sadique Abubakar, Air Chief, Bombings, Terrorists, Boko HaramThe Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has condemned the increasing rate of bomb attacks in Nigeria’s northeast region.

Air Marshal Abubakar said the renewed bombings in some part of the country were part of insurgence, especially with the dislodgment of the Boko Haram terrorists.

He, however, observed that the attacks were not peculiar, stressing that the military cannot deal with the menace alone.

The Air Chief explained that civilian intelligence and vigilance would play a big role to stop the activities of the dreaded insurgents.

He further stressed the importance of strong synergy between the civilians and the Nigerian Armed Forces, noting that it would critically reduce the incidences.

Air Marshal Abubakar said the corporation would also aid engagement with civilians through humanitarian efforts and psychological warfare.

The censure on the renewed bombings followed the attack on a mosque in the University of Maiduguri in Borno State in which four persons died with several others injured.

Barely 48 hours after the bombing, an accidental bombing of a civilian community occurred in Rann, also in Borno State.

The spokesman for the military, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, who confirmed the incident to Channels Television, admitted that it was an error deeply regretted by the military.

He explained that soldiers got information of movement of Boko Haram members and deployed ground troops and air cover to tackle the terrorists before the unfortunate occurrence took place.

Air Chief Calls For Civilian Intelligence Gathering

Intelligence GatheringNigeria’s Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, is calling on people living in Northeast Nigeria to contribute to intelligence gathering.

The Air Chief who is on a routine visit to the 69 Composite Group in Maiduguri told journalists in an interview that intelligence gathering is key to winning the war against insurgency.

“We should all be very observant of what is happening and report to security agencies any suspicious movement. Intelligence is very important and everyone has a role to play.”  Abubakar said.

On the state of equipment in the air wing of the Theatre of Operations, the Air Chief said “There is no system that is perfect, we are always looking at areas of improvement and that is why from time to time these visits are very important to us.

“We discuss with our pilots and technicians and see the condition under which they’re operating and make sure that everything is fine.” Abubakar stated.

Air Force To Recruit Fresh Military School Leavers

Nigerian-Air-ForceThe Nigerian Air Force has announced plans to employ junior airmen graduating from the Air Force Military School, Jos in Plateau State.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, made the announcement on Thursday at a meeting with former junior airmen of the school in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He also revealed plans to re-introduce the Air Force Girls Military School which was converted to a comprehensive secondary school.

The Air Chief said that providing employment opportunities for the junior airmen would further boost the strength of the Nigerian Air Force.

The President of the Former Junior Airmen, Mr Joshua Gana, commended the plans of the Chief of Air Staff.

He also pledged the support of the group to establish a flying school to complement the training of students at the military school.

Air Force Acquires More Aircraft, Promises Better Welfare

Air ForceThe Nigerian Air Force says it has recorded 300% increase of serviceable aircraft to address the current national security threat in Nigeria.

Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said this during the commissioning ceremony of staff accommodation in Kano’s Air Force base.

He said that Government is determined to reposition the Nigerian Air Force into a highly professional service through capacity building.

Accompanied by top ranking officers, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar said that the Nigerian Air Force must continue to remain vibrant towards the nation’s air defence.Aircraft

He added that in order to achieve that, officers and men of the service also need to have a robust welfare package that will make them comfortable in confronting any kind of security threat.

Officers and men of the service had lacked adequate accommodation for mostly their family, a problem Sadique said is capable of dividing their attention in executing their duties.

To him, accommodation, healthcare facilities, capacity building among others should come first in any security institution across the country.

Meanwhile, the Air Chief has said that accommodation package for the personnel would continue across all Air Force bases across the country.

He added that with better welfare and equipment, there would be no hiding place for criminals.

Boko Haram Deadline: Navy Steps Up Training For Its Men

boko haram-navyThe Nigerian Naval Training Command is leaving no stone upturned in its efforts to produce well-trained and motivated Naval officers to meet the present security challenges in the country.

The Flag Officer Commanding, Naval Training Command, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo, said this during an on-the-stop assessment of the training activities and facilities in Onne Naval College in Rivers State.

Rear Admiral Osinowo said that the Navy was mindful of the security order by President Muhammadu Buhari, and his command has since stepped up training to produce well-trained officers to meet the deadline.

According to the Navy, a total of 1,215 officers were set to pass out from the Onne Naval College in November, who will be posted to various units.

Recently, the Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Tukur Buratai, assured Nigerians that the military was working hard to succeed in meeting up with the set deadline, in spite of the the renewed bombings by suspected Boko Haram members.

Also, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, visited Lagos to find ways of tackling the situation.

The Air Chief disclosed that efforts were also being made to provide decent accommodation, healthcare services and welfare for his men, as a way of boosting their morale in the war against insurgents in north-east Nigeria.

Boko Haram Deadline: Air Chief Visits Lagos

Sadique-AbubakarThe Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, is in Lagos  State, as the military continues to find ways of meeting the December deadline, to end insurgency.

The Air Chief said part of his strategy was to ensure a good and healthy life for his men.

Air Marshal Abubakar added that efforts were also being made to provide decent accommodation, healthcare services and welfare for his men, as a way of boosting their morale in the war against insurgents in north-east Nigeria.

He further said that the December deadline was achievable and that the the military would perform without any mercenaries.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieut. Gen. Tukur Buratai, disclosed that the military was working hard to succeed in meeting up with the deadline, in spite of the renewed bombings by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect.

On Sunday, four suicide bombers died in an unsuccessful attack to hit a target in Maiduguri, Borno State.

The target, according to the National Emergency Management Agency, is a military checkpoint at the city centre in Maiduguri. But the terrorists barely reached the point before they ended their lives.