Air Force Kills ‘Scores Of Terrorists’ In Sambisa Forest

 

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it has killed scores of Boko Haram terrorists in airstrikes in the Sambisa Forest area of Borno State.

NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television on Saturday.

He noted that the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole recorded the success near Bula Bello on January 1, 2020.

Daramola explained that a NAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft was returning from a mission before the onslaught.

He said the jet spotted a gun truck of the insurgents under a tree with scores of Boko Haram fighters gathered around the tree on the outskirts of the settlement, purportedly preparing for an attack against nearby troops’ positions.

According to the air commodore, some of the insurgents were also seen in a declassified short video clip pushing another vehicle to a location under another tree in the area.

He revealed that the ATF subsequently scrambled its attack aircraft to engage the location, neutralising some of the terrorists in the process.

“Follow-on attacks were also carried out to take out some locations within Bula Bello where the BHTs were tracked to.

“The jets took turns attacking the target area killing more of the BHTs and destroying some of their structures,” the statement said.

The NAF spokesman stressed that the air force would sustain its efforts to completely destroy all remnants of the terrorists in the North East, working in concert with surface forces.

Several Boko Haram Terrorists Killed, Camp Destroyed In Borno

 

Several Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) have been killed and some structures in their camp at Abulam in the Sambisa Forest area of Borno State have been destroyed in airstrikes conducted on the 31st of December 2019, by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE.

The mission according to the airforce spokesperson Air commodore Ibikunle Daramola was executed to mark the commencement of Operation RATTLESNAKE 2, an Air Interdiction Operation aimed at taking out some identified insurgent camps and logistics facilities in order to further unhinge the terrorists’ centre of gravity and diminish their fighting capability.

He adds that Abullam was selected for an attack on Day One of the Operation based on credible intelligence reports indicating that the terrorists had resumed using the once-abandoned settlement as a staging point from where they launch attacks against their own ground troops’ locations.

READ ALSO: Police, Army Trap Robbers In Abuja Bank

Accordingly, the ATF detailed its attack aircraft, supported by an Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft, to attack designated compounds within the settlement.

The jets he adds took turns to engage the target in successive passes leading to the destruction of some of the structures as well as the killing of several terrorists.

It will be recalled that, in early to mid-December 2019, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) planned and executed the highly successful Operation RATTLESNAKE and Operation RATTLESNAKE 2 is planned to consolidate the gains of the earlier operation and shape the battlespace for further air and ground operations.

Air Force Destroys ISWAP Logistics Storage Facilities In Borno

 

The Nigerian Air Force has destroyed some logistics storage facilities belonging to the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), at Kirta Wulgo on the fringes of Lake Chad in the northern part of Borno State.

The Director, Airforce Public Relations, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, confirmed this on Tuesday.

“Task Force (ATF) of the Operation Lafiya Dole, has dealt another decisive blow on terrorist elements operating in the northeast”, he said.

According to him, the airstrikes were carried out on December 15 under the Operation Rattle Snake.

Daramola further explained that it was executed following credible human intelligence reports which indicated that three green-roofed buildings at the edge of the settlement were being used as warehouses by the ISWAP elements to store their food, vehicle spares, gunboats and other logistics items.

Accordingly, the ATF, after carrying out confirmatory Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, dispatched its attack aircraft to engage the location.

Consequently, it scored devastating hits in successive strikes leading to the destruction of the buildings.

Air Force Kills Several Boko Haram Terrorists In Borno

 

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Air Task Force for Operation Lafiya Dole says it has neutralised scores of Boko Haram Terrorists and destroyed some of their structures in massive airstrikes conducted on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at Kokiwa and Bula Korege on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State.

According to the Director Airforce Public Relations, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, the airstrikes were conducted in continuation of Operation Rattle Snake based on credible Human Intelligence reports which were also corroborated by series of Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions.

Daramola noted that the reports disclosed that the Boko Haram terrorists had intensified activities in the targeted settlements with a view to launching attacks against own troops’ locations in the area.

Consequently, the air taskforce detailed its fighter jets and helicopter gunships to attack the two locations.

The combat aircraft took turns to attack targets at both locations, scoring crucial hits on the hideouts which then led to the neutralisation of the insurgents.

PHOTOS: Air Force Decorates Newly-Promoted AVMs, Air Commodores

A cross-section of senior officers of the Nigerian Air Force at the NAF Headquarters in Abuja on November 21, 2019. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

Forty-eight newly-promoted senior officers of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) have been decorated.

The event held on Thursday at the NAF headquarters in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

They are 13 Air Vice Marshals (AVM) and 35 Air Commodores.

In his address, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, urged the senior officers to see their promotion as recognition of professionalism, and as being entrusted with the capacity to tackle higher responsibilities.

He added that NAF would continue to reward officers and men who have shown commitment and professionalism to the security of the country.

See the photos below:

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. Photos: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

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.

RELATED: PHOTOS: Air Force Decorates Newly-Promoted AVMs, Air Commodores

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.

Air Force Will Only Reward Officers Who Show Commitment, Professionalism – COAS

File Photo

 

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

According to him, 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.

Abubakar said this on Thursday during the decoration of 13 Air Vice Marshals and 35 Air Commodores.

He stressed that the personnel’s skill and commitment on-the-job go a long way to determining the overall success in the transformational drive and repositioning efforts of the Nigerian Air Force into a highly professional and disciplined force that would respond to national security imperatives.

He, therefore, stated that it is very important that the services are led by persons with good leadership qualities if the military must eliminate or minimise costly mistakes during operations.

The COAS urged the newly promoted officers to see their promotion as recognition of professionalism and as being entrusted with the capacity to tackle higher responsibilities.

NAF Kills ISWAP Fighters, Destroys Hideout In Borno

 

 

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says its fighter planes have destroyed an Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) hideout at Arrinna Ciki on the fringes of the Lake Chad in the Northern part of Borno State.

NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television on Sunday.

He explained that the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole carried out the airstrikes between Friday and Saturday, leading to the death of some ISWAP fighters.

According to Daramola, these follow intelligence reports that the insurgents were using the settlement as a staging area to launch attacks on security forces.

He noted that the airstrike on Friday was initiated after a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform, on confirmatory reconnaissance mission spotted some ISWAP vehicles under some trees in the area.

The NAF spokesman said, “Accordingly, the ATF scrambled its fighter jets to attack the location, recording successful strikes to immobilise the vehicles.”

“Similarly, a follow-up attack was executed on 2 November after significant activity was observed in another part of the settlement.

“This occasioned the detailing of attack aircraft to engage the identified areas resulting in the destruction of some terrorists’ structures as well as the neutralisation of some of their fighters,” he added.

NAF, according to the air commodore, will sustain its efforts to completely destroy all remnants of the terrorists in the North-east while operating in concert with surface forces.

NAF Jets Kill ‘Several Terrorists’ In Borno Community

 

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says its jets have killed several terrorists at Bukar Meram community in Borno State.

NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed this in a statement sent to Channels Television on Tuesday.

He noted that the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya conducted the operation in continuation of the sustained onslaught against terrorist elements in the north-east region of the country.

READ ALSOPolice Promote Senior Officers, Retire Two DIGs

According to Daramola, several Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters were killed at Bukar Meram on the fringes of Lake Chad in the northern part of the state.

“The operation was executed yesterday, 21 October 2019, based on credible intelligence reports that indicated a resumption of the use of the location to provide logistics support to the terrorists, using fishing activities as a cover.

“Accordingly, the ATF dispatched its attack aircraft to engage designated areas within the settlement,” the Air Commodore said in the statement.

He added that before the strikes, over 35 terrorists were observed within the area of interest.

The attack aircraft, Daramola stated, subsequently engaged the location in successive passes, recording accurate hits on the target area.

He said this led to the neutralisation of several ISWAP fighters as well as the destruction of some of the structures.

The air force spokesman affirmed that NAF, operating in concert with surface forces, would sustain its efforts to completely destroy all remnants of the terrorists in the North-east.

Air Force To Boost Insurgency War With Two Helicopter Gunships

NAF Releases List Of Shortlisted Candidates For Recruitment Interview
A file photo of Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar/ [email protected]

 

 

The Nigerian Air Force has announced plans to acquire two helicopter gunships to boost the fight against insurgency in the North East.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, made the announcement on Thursday when he visited the Yobe State Governor, Mai-Mala Buni, in Damaturu, the state capital.

Air Marshal Abubakar also revealed that more trained personnel have been deployed in Yobe.

According to him, the helicopters will be deployed in Damaturu and Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

He added that the air force would acquire more arms for its operations in the region, stressing that the military would ensure that the entire North East was secured.

READ ALSOBuhari Approves N10bn Intervention Fund For Enugu Airport

On his part, Governor Buni promised to improve synergy between his administration and the security agencies to ensure that Yobe was free of Boko Haram attacks.

He also informed the air chief that he would mobilise people to provide relevant information to the security agencies executing the war.

Reps Committee To Engage US Congress Over Air Force Tucano Aircraft

 

 

The House of Representatives Committee on Air Force is to engage with the United States Congress committee on Air Force affairs, regarding the Super Tucano aircraft which Nigeria had paid for last year.

This was revealed on Wednesday during the inaugural meeting of the committee.

Present at the meeting was the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar.

According to the Reps Air Force Committee Chairman, Mr Shehu Koko, the engagement with the US government would be to emphasise on the need to speed up the process of the purchase and delivery in view of the current security challenges in the country.

READ ALSO: We Are Very Concerned About The Security Challenges In The FCT – Lawan

Meanwhile, the Chief of Air Staff says the force is currently engaged in six major operations in the country.

He also revealed that that the Air Force has flown about 65 thousand hours across the country  in the last 5 years to ensure security and over 21 thousand hours in the north east alone.

The Service Chief appreciated the National Assembly for passing the bill on Air Force Institute of Technology which he says will add value in terms of research and development and discontinue the  dependence on other countries for aircraft maintenance.

PHOTOS: Air Force Decorates First Female Helicopter, Fighter Pilots

A photo combination of Flying Officers Kafayat Sanni (L) and Tolulope Arotile taken on October 15, 2019. Photos: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has decorated two female pilots along with some male pilots.

The decoration ceremony held on Tuesday at the NAF Headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The two female pilots are Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile who is the first Nigerian female helicopter pilot, and Flying Officer Kafayat Sanni who is also the first female fighter pilot in the country.

Both pilots were trained in South Africa and the United States respectively.

See photos of the event below:

Newly decorated female officers with the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.