Insurgency War: Chief Of Air Staff Charges Troops To Be Vigilant

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A file photo of Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar/ [email protected]

 

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, has cautioned troops to vigilant at all times and not to be caught taken unaware.

The Air Boss was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Air Vice Marshall Emmanuel Anebi, during a visit to troops of the Task Force fighting insurgency in the North East on Sunday.

“I wish to remind all of us that we are still at the frontline and we should not lose sight of the fact that we could come under attack at any time. I am not saying this to ruin the mood of the celebrations but to underscore the need to continue to maintain our vigilance at all times.”

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He reminded the troops of the responsibility of the military in ensuring the indivisibility of the country. As such they must not allow themselves to be taken unawares but must remain alert at all times, be undaunted and committed to the war against insurgency.

“I, therefore, enjoin you all not to rest on your oars, let us all continue to be vigilant while we celebrate and ensure we maintain the highest level of combat readiness to guarantee security during the holiday period and beyond.”

Air Force Investigates Alleged Bombing Of Civilians In Zamfara

 

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, has set up a seven-member special team to investigate the alleged bombing of some civilians at Dumburum village in Zamfara state.

The leader of the team, Air Vice Marshall Idi Lubo, disclosed this to reporters on Friday shortly after their arrival at the Umar Musa Yar’Adua International Airport, Katsina State.

He explained that the mission of the team was to unravel the circumstances that led to the emergence of the allegation.

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Air Vice Marshall Lubo said, “I’m here with my colleagues, seven in number. We are a special team set up by the Chief of Air Staff to investigate allegations concerning us killing some people at the village called Dumburum, that has a very thick surrounding forest in the area.”

“We want to find out every situation surrounding the allegations of this incident; we are going to do just that,” he added.

According to the air vice marshall, the committee is expected to uncover the situation that led to the incidence and discover the truth surrounding the allegations.

He also said they would meet with some stakeholders in Zamfara, including the governor and some members of the Council of Chiefs in the state.

“We are going to see if it is possible to meet with the relatives of the victims,” said Lubo.

“We are here to check into the alleged bombing of a place; if there was such an incidence, the board will uncover it. No soldier wants to kill anyone that is innocent.”

He added that the committee was to submit its report to the air chief on Thursday next week.

41 Nigerians Evacuated From Mali

41 Nigerians Evacuated From Mali 41 Nigerian females who were victims of human trafficking have been evacuated from Mail.

They arrived at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport aboard a military transport aircraft at about 7:25 pm on Monday.

Their return was facilitated by the Nigerian Airforce, the Office of Diaspora and Foreign Affairs and National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

The Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora and Foreign Affairs, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, also revealed that six members of the trafficking ring have been arrested.

She also commended the Chief Of Air Staff, for facilitating the return of the victims to the country.

“We want to thank the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, and the Chief of Defence Staff, Maj Gen. Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, for making the return of the girls possible, otherwise they would have still be there.

“The girls came back voluntarily. Some of these girls are between 15 and 17 years old who thought they were being taken to Europe for greener pastures but ended up with traumatic experiences in the hands of their traffickers and their madam.

“So they should not be ashamed of themselves because they are victims. We are going to rehabilitate them through skills acquisition programmes.

“I am therefore calling on non-governmental organisations to join us in this regard,” she said.

This is coming in the face of renewed wave of xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

The Nigerian community in South Africa, led by Mr Ikechukwu Anyene, confirmed the attacks and looting of Nigerian-owned businesses in Pretoria West

“As we speak, five buildings with Nigerian businesses, including a church, have been looted and burned by South Africans,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mrs Dabiri-Erewa, who described the attacks as an unnecessary setback, had appealed to the South African Government to take every step necessary to protect Nigerians.

Nigerian Air Force Pledges To Provide Logistics In Northeast Reconstruction

Northeast-Nigeria-developmentThe Nigerian Air Force has pledged to provide logistics during the rebuilding of the northeast ravaged by over seven years of insurgency.

While receiving members of the Presidential Committee on Northeast Initiative, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, revealed that the Air Force was setting up an operation theatre for the hospital in Bama as part of efforts to improve health care for Internally Displaced Persons in the region.

The Vice Chairman of the committee, Mr Tijani Tumsah, explained that the committee was negotiating a loan facility of about $400 million from the World Bank and the African Development Bank to commence the project.

“We seek the collaboration of the Nigerian Air Force in a lot of areas. Some of the areas include using your experiences in countering violent extremism, disarmament, mobilisation, re-integration of civilian JTF, counter-radicalisation programmes, construction and renovation of schools and roads among others,” he told the Air Chief.

Assuring the committee of the force’s support, Air Marshall Abubakar said: “I want to say that we are open anytime you feel that we can be of support to you and we are most willing to support in the area of reconstruction and renovation.

“We have also made it clear that we have directorate of works that is building our works and renovating accommodation in all our barracks. They are building the post-housing projects for our officers and we believe that they are there and if there is need for us to support your reconstruction efforts we will not hesitate to deploy them to see how they can assist you”

The Chief of Air Staff further assured the committee members that the Air Force could help move materials from any part of Nigeria to Maiduguri through its C-130 aircraft, which he said could carry up to 20,000 kilograms.

“We are willing to support you and give you this aircraft,” he added.

Air Force Establishes Cordinating Centers In Yola

chibok girls-helicopterThe Nigerian Air Force on Sunday tested its new tactical operations and defense coordinating centers at the Nigerian Air Force Base in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State.

Commissioning the project on Sunday, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, said that the centers would provide an enabling environment for the Air Force to accomplish its mission in the fight against insurgency in the northeast.

The various projects constructed by the Nigerian Air Force are; a flight line house, two blocks for 12 logistics wings flight line access road, a tactical operations center and an ammunition dump.

Others are a base defense coordinating center, residential quarters for air men and air women, worship centers for Christians and Muslims and a single officers quarters.

In his address of welcome, officer in charge of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Air Commodore Uzezi, said the base was the engine room of the air effort in support of counter insurgency in the north east.

Also at the event was the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, who was received by the Air Chief at the flight line in the Air Force Base.

After his arrival, General Olonisakin inspected a guard of honor mounted by the troops the 75 Strike Group in Yola.

In his speech, Air Marshall Abubakar told the gathering that his vision was to reposition the Nigerian Air Force into a highly professional and disciplined force through capacity building initiatives for effective, efficient and timely employment of air power in response to Nigeria’s national security imperative.

He said that the need to reposition the 75 Strike Group in Yola was more evident, considering the role it plays as the Air Component Headquarters of Operation Lafiya Dole.

Keys were presented to some beneficiaries of the official quarters by Governor Bindo Jibrilla of Adamawa State.

Nigeria Air Force Makes Full Deployment Of Aircraft To North-east

Air force-Sadique AbubakarThe Nigeria Air Force has announced the full deployment of its aircraft to combat the security crisis in Nigeria’s north-east.

Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall, Sadique Abubakar, who announced the deployment on Monday, said the current security challenges in Nigeria heavily relied on air power and that discussions were ongoing with the Presidency to ensure the Air Force was battle ready.

He urged Senior Officers of the force to ensure that integrity, excellence and service delivery were prioritised, to eliminate mediocrity and corruption in the Air Force.

Professional And Disciplined Force

Addressing a meeting of Senior Officers and Commanders of the Air Force on Monday, weeks after he took over as the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar revealed his vision and mission for the Nigeria Air Force, with issues on policy directives topping talks.

Air Marshal Abubakar said the current spate of terrorism in the north-east had led to the ‘self-audit’ of the preparedness of the Air Force to defend the nation.

He said he had set up key drivers to help achieve his vision to reposition the Air Force into a highly professional and disciplined force, with effective and timely implementation of air power in response to national security needs.

“The most important task at hand is to assess the assets on ground and make efficient use of them for the current challenges while the authorities make arrangements for additional air power.

“We are doing everything humanly possible to mobilse all resources and air  assets that we think will bring about the required change in the north-east and also in the south-south.

“In terms of capacity, I can tell you that we are doing everything to improve on what we have,” the Air Force Chief said.

He stressed that the primary responsibility of the Nigerian Air Force was to defend the nation and protect vital economic interests by air.

Air Marshal Abubakar also said Nigeria’s economic interests were presently being hampered by the insurgents in the north-east, therefore requiring strategic response from the air force as soon as possible.