Air Force Targets Identified Boko Haram Terrorists In Sambisa

Air Force, Sambisa, Boko Haram, Operation Forest StormThe Nigerian Air Force says it will embark on “Operation Forest Storm”, targeted at the Boko Haram insurgents identified in the Sambisa Forest.

The force expressed delight at the great results recorded in its current battle of wiping out the insurgents in Nigeria’s Northeast region.

As the war against the dreaded terrorists rages on, the Air Force said its officials have recorded tremendous success, especially in the Sambisa Forest in Borno State.

Air Force Chief of Training and Operations, Air Vice Marshall Ahmed Iya, made the disclosure on Wednesday during an interview with reporters at the Air Force Base in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.

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Nigerian Air Force reconfigured alpha jet for combat role

He said the operations followed investigations indicating that recent Boko Haram activities had been noticed in some places in Nigeria’s Northeast region.

Air Vice Marshall Iya asked Nigerians not to panic as a result of the operation, saying it was aimed at curtailing the Boko Haram menace in the region.

He further revealed that the special operation would last for few days and would not only be conducted in the north, but extended to the south considering the activities of the militants of the Niger Delta region.

Iya also pledged that the Air Force would do everything possible to bring an end to the activities of insurgence in Nigeria.

Recently, the Nigerian Air Force successfully reconfigured another alpha jet for combat role.

The alpha jet has been reconfigured to carry both rockets and bombs during combat missions.

The alpha jet has been reconfigured to carry both rockets and bombs during combat missions.

Boko Haram terrorist group has attacked communities in the northeast in its over six years campaign for an Islamic State and an end to Western education in the region.

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UNICEF official said children with ‘skin over bone’ need nutritious foods to survive

The group that has retreated from communities it had taken control of due to heightened counter-terrorism operation now sees Sambisa forest as a safe haven.

Activities of the group in the past years have led to the death of thousands and displaced over two million persons in the region.

Its aftermath, according to UNICEF, is severe humanitarian crisis.

The United Nations’ agency said not fewer than 49,000 persons, including children, nursing mothers and breastfeeding mothers are severely malnourished  and are risk of death.

UNICEF has stressed the need for aid to come to the region in form of nutritious foods that could turn the tide for the malnourished.

Nigerian Air Force To Increase Recruitment Of Personnel

Nigerian Air Force RecruitmentThe Nigerian Air Force says it will increase its recruitment of officials to 2,500 annually.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who announced the new plan, said the increase in the number of intake would increase the Air Force’s support to Nigeria’s security.

He was speaking during the commissioning of the Ground Training Centre Airmen Instructors Quarters and Recruits camp at the 335 Base Services Group Air Force Base, Mando in Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria.

The project is part of others initiated by the administration of Air Marshal Abubakar few months ago.

He explained that the projects were aimed at creating enabling working environment for personnel as a motivation to discharge their duties effectively and efficiently.

Announcing plans by his administration to ensure that personnel of the service have their own houses upon retirement, the Air Chief urged them not to relent in their duties in protecting the territorial integrity of the nation.

During an interview with reporters at the end of the event, he cleared the air on the claim by the Boko Haram terrorists that 40 of the Chibok girls were killed during an air strike by the Nigerian Air Force jets at the Sambisa forest in Borno State.

Air Force Chief Tasks Personnel on Professionalism, Discipline

Air ForceThe Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has reminded officers and men of the Air Force to always uphold the tenets of professionalism, discipline and sacrifice for which the Nigerian military is known for.

This, he said, has become more important, especially now that the country is facing several security challenges.

Air Marshal Abubakar gave the advice during the passing out parade of recruits of basic military training course at the Air Force Base in Kaduna State.

The recruits commenced training six months ago and the Chief of Air Staff reminded them that with the training they have received so far, they are bound to submit to both military and civil authority at all times.

He told the new recruits that most of them would be deployed to fight the Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast and militants in the Niger Delta region to curb disruption of oil installations.

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, also used the occasion to commend the Nigerian Air Force for its support in the fight against all forms of restiveness in the country.

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.

Air Force To Intensify Offensive Against Insurgency

Air Force To Intensify Offensive Against InsurgencyThe Nigerian Air Force has vowed to intensify its onslaught against the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria’s north-east region.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadiq Abubarkar, said this on Thursday during an operational visit to the Air Force Base in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

He assured Nigerians that “no stone will be left unturned in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents in the Northeast.”

The Air Force chief also vowed that the Air Force would intensify assault on crime perpetrators in the South-south region.

According to Abubarkar, “All hands are on deck to ensure that the Air Force in Nigeria restrategise for air combat in the nation’s renewed effort to clamp down on insurgency in the North-east, as well as deal with security challenges in the Niger-Delta.”

 

Air Bombardment Will End Boko Haram Incursions – Amosu

Air bombardmentThe Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, says the air bombardment against the Boko Haram sect members in the north eastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states was to restore law and order in the troubled zone.

He said this while addressing cadets of the Direct Short Service Course 24 during their passing out and piping ceremony at the Air Force Base in Kaduna.

Amosu explained that the air bombardment would force the insurgents into a negotiation table, stating further that the aerial operation of the Air Force has drastically reduced the activities of the sect members in the troubled areas.

He added that with the heavy military onslaught against them, the insurgents would soon give up and accept dialogue.

Air Marshal Amosu noted that the challenges of tackling the spate of terrorism and other internal security threats in the country remain the highest priority of the Federal Government and by extension, the Nigerian Air Force.

He called on both the military and civilian populace to build a national cohesion that transcends primordial sentiments for the unity and development of the nation.

The Air Chief stressed that the armed forces have a crucial role to play in defending the territorial integrity of the nation.

Therefore, the new officers would be deployed to crisis prone areas and other parts of the country to assist the military in protecting lives and property of the citizens.

He urged them to contribute their best to the fight against ‘a few misguided elements amongst Nigerians’.

South Africa Suspends Protocol Boss Over Wedding Flight Scandal

South Africa suspended a senior foreign ministry official on Thursday after a charter plane carrying nearly 200 guests for the wedding of a family with close ties to President Jacob Zuma used an Air Force base without proper military permission.

The scandal over Tuesday’s flight from India to the Waterkloof Air Force Base near Pretoria has dominated South African media, with newspapers and radio phone-in callers accusing the wealthy Gupta family of influence peddling.

The defense ministry said it had rejected a request from the Guptas to use the base but the Indian High Commission in Pretoria then went behind its back and sought authorization from the Chief of State Protocol at the foreign ministry.

“The clearance should be rescinded and that aircraft should immediately be removed,” it said in a statement.

The foreign ministry said its protocol chief, Bruce Koloane, had been suspended to “allow the department to get to the bottom of this matter”, adding that no “executive authority” was granted for a civilian aircraft to land at the base.

Foreign ministry spokesman Clayson Monyela confirmed that the flight carried some Indian state ministers arriving for the wedding.

The business empire of Gupta brothers Atul, Ajay and Rajesh covers mining, resources, aviation and technology. Two of Zuma’s children have served as directors of Gupta firms, according to South Africa’s companies database, and the family is a major financial backer of the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

The Times newspaper labeled the scandal “Guptagate”, but the New Age newspaper – owned by the Gupta family – covered the incident under the headline: “Media ‘wrong’ on jet-set wedding”.

The ANC also called for an explanation as to how the aircraft managed to land at the base, saying it would never allow “a situation where our ports of entry and national key points are penetrated with impunity”.

Officials at the Indian High Commission in Pretoria were not available to comment. Koloane did not answer his mobile phone.