NAF Crash: Buhari Mourns Officers, Calls For More Safety Measures

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday mourned two air force officials who died in a jet crash.

The air force has vowed to investigate the incident which occured during training activities in Kaduna.

“I mourn the tragic and unfortunate death of two officers in a Nigerian Air Force HQ plane crash in Kaduna,” the President said in a statement.

“I am shocked beyond words by the demise of these two promising young men who risked their lives in the service of the country.

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“There is no reward big enough to pay for the services of these young and dedicated professional airmen in the service of their country.

“My deepest sympathies to the Chief of Air Staff and the families of the deceased.

“There must be more safety measures put in place to forestall tragic incidents of this kind.

“I welcome the decision by the NAF authorities to investigate this accident, but I also call on them to publish and implement the recommendations of the reports of past investigations into air accidents, with a view to preventing future tragedies and bringing closure to the families and friends of the deceased.”

Military Officers Feared Dead As Trainer Aircraft Crashes In Kaduna

A file photo of NAF personnel with an Alpha-jet of the Nigerian Air Force. Photo: [email protected]

 

An Air Force trainer Aircraft has reportedly crashed in Kaduna state, with the two pilots on board feared dead.

Although the Airforce authorities are yet to confirm the incident, a security source told Channels Television that the trainer Aircraft crashed at the Air Force training base in Kaduna during a training session on Tuesday.

The aircraft reportedly belonged to the 401 flying training school.

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The 401 flying training school of the Nigerian Airforce has continued to fulfil its statutory role of providing effective flying training for almost 40 years as evidenced by the quality of its graduands over the years.

However, This is not the first time that an aircraft belonging to the Nigerian Airforce is involved in such mishap either within or outside its training facilities.

In 2018, a pilot sustained injuries after a jet belonging to the Nigerian Air Force was involved in a mishap in Kaduna state .

The student pilot was said to have forced-landed the aircraft – a Diamond 40 trainer – on the outskirts of Kaduna while on a solo mission as part of flying training at the 401 Flying Training School, Kaduna.

Diamond 40 is a one-person seater training aircraft used for the training of air force personnel.

Air craft crashes are not uncommon in Nigeria’s military history.

In May 2021, a NAF aircraft crashed in Kaduna killing the then Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other military officers.

Also in March 2021, a military jet crashed in Sambisa forest with two crew members onboard.

The army last month said it uncovered the wreckage of the crashed Alpha Jet during a clearance operation in Sambisa forest.

Air Task Force Neutralises Boko Haram Terrorists In Borno

Borno is situated in northeast Nigeria.

 

The subsidiary Operation Long Reach being conducted by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole has continued to yield tangible results in the push to end the activities of Boko Haram Terrorists in the North East of Nigeria.

This is according to a statement issued on Sunday by the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enenche.

Enenche said the most recent of these gains were recorded in a series of devastating airstrikes targeting terrorists’ locations at Bula Bello and Ngoske on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State.

According to him, the air interdiction missions were executed on 18 and 19 June 2020 sequel to credible intelligence reports indicating that the terrorists had resumed use of the closely linked settlements as staging points to launch attacks against friendly forces’ locations and surrounding civilian settlements.

In response, the Air Task Force dispatched a force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets as well as an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to engage the 2 locations.

“The NAF jets scored devastating hits in their multiple waves of attacks resulting in the obliteration of designated portions of the terrorists’ hideouts as well as the neutralization of several of their fighters,” the statement read.

It also noted that the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has commended the ATF for their dedication and professionalism.

The Defence Headquarters equally urged them to intensify the air offensive against the terrorists and all other criminal elements threatening the peace and security of our beloved country.

Wike Inspects Road Projects In Rivers State

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has expressed satisfaction with the pace and quality of the ongoing construction of Ogbunabali Internal Roads in the state.

The Governor, accompanied by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Joe Agi and a former member of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Tony Okeah, inspected the roads being reconstructed in the area.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (m), Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Joe Agi (l) and Former Member of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Mr Tony Okeah during the inspection of Ogbunabali Internal Roads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While majority of the roads in Ogbunabali have been completed and expanded with modern walkways, others are still under construction.

Governor Wike meandering through construction equipment during his inspection of Ogbunabali Internal

While on the inspection tour, residents trooped out to show their appreciation and praise the governor for fulfilling his pledge to the community.

In response, Wike assured them that his administration would drive the project to its logical conclusion, saying that the people of the area deserve the best for the contribution they have made to the state.

The governor also inspected ongoing work at the Landscaping Architecture at Airforce overhead bridge, as well as the Port-Harcourt Pleasure Park.

Orieku Street in Ogbunabali under Construction

This is the first time the Ogbunabali Internal Roads are being rehabilitated, despite being neighbours of the Government Reserved Area.

AFIT Commandant Says Researches Will Help Tackle Security Challenges

AFITCommandant of the Nigerian Air force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Kaduna, Air Vice Marshal Toni Adokwe, says with effective innovative approach to technology, Nigeria would be able to tackle the current security challenge in the north-east.

At a news briefing ahead of the institute’s 44th Convocation Ceremony coming up on Friday, the Commandant noted that the growing wave of bombings by the Boko Haram members in the north-east, requires more researches and innovations of modern equipment and technologies to tackle the challenge.

Mr Adokwe announced that the institute had developed two unmanned Ground vehicles that could dictate Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) at any location.

The unmanned ground vehicle developed by the institute was designed to dictate and pick up the IED to safer locations for disposal.

It was produced by students of the Armament Engineering Department in 2012 and later modified to a higher level called unmanned ground vehicle type II.

The device has a frequency jammer to distort GSM signals and also a time run of four hours.

The Commandant also explained that the institute had equally commenced research into the development of a Light Surveillance Aircraft that would be in conformity with the climatic temperature of Nigeria and the West African region.

Since inception, the AFIT had graduated about 5,000 persons, including personnel of the Nigerian Army, Air Force, Navy and civilians.

The number includes foreign students from the Armed Forces of the Republic of Benin, Zimbabwe, Niger, Ghana and Sierra Leone.

According to the Commandant, a total of 400 students, comprising personnel of the Nigerian Army, Navy, Air force, Ghanian Air force and civilians from the general public would be graduating in Master of Science, Post Graduate Diploma, Higher National Diploma and National Diploma Programmes.

The graduates had undergone training in different field of engineering technology.

While reeling out other achievements recorded so far by the institute, Mr Adokwe lamented that the major challenge the school was facing was inadequate funding.

The AFIT is structured into three schools: School of Air Engineering, School of Ground Engineering and Management Studies and the School of Postgraduate studies, which coordinates the various postgraduate programmes in the other schools.

Buhari Meets With New Service Chiefs

service chiefsPresident Muhammadu Buhari has met with the newly appointed service chiefs and the National Security Adviser.

This is following the sacking of the former military heads on Monday.

The President had earlier in the day announced that the former service chiefs had been relieved of their duties and quickly approved the appointments of new Service Chiefs and also a new National Security Adviser.

The Chief of Defence Staff is Major-General Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin, while Major-General T.Y. Buratai became the Chief of Army Staff.

Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas is the Chief of Naval Staff while Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar is the Chief of Air Staff

Air Vice Marshal Monday Riku Morgan becomes the new Chief of Defence Intelligence as Major-General Babagana Monguno (Rtd.) takes over the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA).

According to the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, the new Service Chiefs will hold their appointments in an acting capacity until confirmed by the Senate.

President Buhari Appoints New Service Chiefs And NSA

BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointments of new Service Chiefs and also a new National Security Adviser.

This is following the sacking of the former Service Chiefs on Monday, July 13, 2015.

The new appointments are as follows:

1. Major-General Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin – Chief of Defence Staff;

2. Major-General T.Y. Buratai – Chief of Army Staff

3. Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas – Chief of Naval Staff

4. Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar – Chief of Air Staff

5. Air Vice Marshal Monday Riku Morgan – Chief of Defence Intelligence

6. Major-General Babagana Monguno (rtd.) – National Security Adviser

The new Chief of Defence Staff, Maj.-Gen. Olonishakin (N/6901) hails from Ekiti State.

Until his appointment as Chief of Defence Staff, he was the Head of the Nigerian Army Training and Doctrine Command in Minna, Niger State.

The new Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Buratai hails from Borno State.

Until his new appointment, he was the Commander of the Multinational Joint Task Force which has its headquarters in Ndjamena.

Maj-Gen. Buratai has previously served as Commander of the Nigerian Army’s 2nd Brigade in Port Harcourt and Commander of the Nigerian Army School of Infantry in Jaji, Kaduna State.

The new Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibas (NN/0746) hails from Cross River State.

He enlisted into the Nigerian Defence Academy as a member of the 26th Regular Course in 1979 and was commissioned as a Sub-Lieutenant in 1983.

His previous appointments include: Naval Provost Marshal, Chief Staff Officer, Naval Training Command, Chief of Administration, Naval Headquarters, Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command and Chief of Logistics, Naval Headquarters.

Until his appointment as Chief of Naval Staff, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Navy Holdings Limited.

The new Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Abubakar (NAF/1433) hails from Bauchi State.

His previous appointments include: Chief of Standards and Evaluation, NAF Headquarters; Chief of Defence Communications and Air Officer Commanding, NAF Training Command.

Until his new appointment as Chief of Air Staff, he was the Chief of Administration, NAF Headquarters.

The new Service Chiefs will hold their appointments in an acting capacity until confirmed by the Senate.

President Buhari has thanked the outgoing Service Chiefs and National Security Adviser for their services to the nation and wished them well in their future endeavours.

President Buhari Sacks Heads Of Army, Navy And Airforce

BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the Heads of Army, Navy and Air Force as well as the National Security Adviser (NSA).

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said this while briefing State House correspondents on Monday.

Mr Adesina did not give more details.

President Muhammadu Buhari has since approved the appointments of new Service Chiefs and also a new National Security Adviser.

The new appointments are:

1. Major-General Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin – Chief of Defence Staff

2. Major-General T.Y. Buratai – Chief of Army Staff

3. Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas – Chief of Naval Staff

4. Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar – Chief of Air Staff

5. Air Vice Marshal Monday Riku Morgan – Chief of Defence Intelligence

6. Major-General Babagana Monguno (rtd.) – National Security Adviser

The new Service Chiefs will hold their appointments in an acting capacity until confirmed by the Senate.

There has been a surge in the spate of attacks by terrorist group, Boko Haram, in recent weeks.

The group had seemed to be loosing its grip on the north-east region of Nigeria when the Nigerian military launched a seemingly successful operation to reclaim all territories lost to the insurgents.

However, with about 500 lives lost in recent suicide bombings in Yobe, Kaduna, Plateau and Kano states, there has been renewed pressure on the military for a more effective approach to the war on terror.

 

FG Will Effectively Support Military To Defeat Boko Haram – Buhari

militaryNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has implored the nation’s military officers to be mindful of their actions by taking into cognizance, the religious and ethnic sensitiveness of the country in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast, and other criminal elements across the country.

He made this call to officers of Senior Course 37 during their graduation ceremony on Friday at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, Kaduna State.

President Buhari, who was represented by his Vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, said that the Federal Government under his leadership, will do everything possible to equip the military and other security forces to effectively dislodge the Boko Haram insurgents in the region.

The President also gave an assurance that his administration will use all legitimate means at its disposal to end the menace of deadly attacks by the terrorist group in the region.

A total of 174 students comprising of 70 Army officers, 43 Navy, 31 Air Force officers, 21 allied officers from some West African countries and 9 paramilitary personnel, enrolled for the course on July 30 2014.

According to Commandant of the college, Air Vice Marshal John-Chris Ifemeje, the high number of international students that have enrolled in the college strengthens the idea of African brotherliness and regional cooperation which were necessary for the security of the continent.

The Vice President lauded men of the Armed Forces for the bold and courageous steps taken so far in the ongoing war against terror.

Osinbajo also reminded the officers to make good use of the skills and knowledge they have acquired from the college, as most of them would be deployed in crisis-prone areas within or outside the country.

He urged them to remain apolitical and neutral while discharging their constitutional roles at all times.

The AFCSC was established to offer increased capacity for academic and professional training of military officers and other ranks of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

Since its inception in 1976, the college has graduated a total of 3,060 officers, including officers drawn from 28 African countries and other paramilitary agencies.

War Against Boko Haram Not Yet Over – Airforce

Air Force on Boko HaramThe Nigerian Air Force says the war against the Boko Haram terrorist group in the north-east is not over yet, just as it has pledged its commitment to sustaining the counter-terrorism operations in the region.

The Chief of Standard and Evaluation, Nigerian Air Force and immediate past Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Training Command of the Nigerian Air‎ Force, Kaduna, Air Vice Marshal Salihu Bala-Riba said this on Friday in Kaduna, north west  Nigeria.

Air Vice Marshal Bala-Riba said the statement was based on the chances that the insurgents would want to prove that the incoming administration of General Muhammadu Buhari could not do any better than the outgoing government in the fight against insurgency.

He made the comment while handing over to ‎Air Vice Marshal Alkali Mamu, who is the new Air Officer Commanding (AOC), Training Command, Nigerian Air Force, Kaduna.

While expressing delight over the President-Elect’s statement that Boko Haram will soon see the collective will of all Nigerians, he reminded officers and men of the Armed Forces that they were the arrow-head of that collective will.

He, therefore, urged the officers not to relax and cautioned them against allowing their units and barracks fall into the hands of insurgents, as the service would not condone any act of negligence.

On his part, the new AOC, AVM Mamu commended the outgoing AOC for his support in the counter insurgency operations in the north-east, especially in the area of training of pilots.

He gave the assurance that he would build on the achievements of his predecessor in order to take the Air Force to greater heights.

Jonathan Promises Improved Welfare For Military, Demands Professionalism

JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan has tasked newly commissioned officers to join hands with the Federal Government on the ongoing transformation in the Nigerian military, which he said was borne out of the emerging security challenges confronting the nation.

While addressing graduating military cadets during their combined passing out parade from the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna, North West Nigeria on Saturday, President Jonathan gave assurances of the Federal Government’s commitment to improving the welfare of serving and retired military officers who laid down their lives for the security of the nation.

President Jonathan, who was also the reviewing officer at the ceremony, which coincided with the 50th anniversary of the academy, said that the Government would soon come up with a programme to honour fallen military personnel.

While highlighting the prominent role of the military in the security of the nation, he commended the NDA for churning out highly disciplined military officers who have contributed immensely to the security of the nation since its establishment in 1964.

He charged the newly commissioned officers to exhibit high sense of professionalism, which NDA is known for, in the course of their military career, warning that the government would not tolerate any act of indiscipline from them.

While noting that the Nigerian military ranks amongst the best in the world, he urged the graduating officers to also contribute their quota in the fight against insurgency in the North-East and other security challenges in other parts of the country.

A total of 114 Cadets of 61 Regular Course comprising of the Army, Navy and Airforce and another 213 Short Service Army Cadets of Course 42 were commissioned as officers. Out of them, 20 are from Liberia and Central African Republic.

The curriculum of their course includes fitness training, rigorous training in basic military subjects and outdoor training exercises. In line with the current security challenges, the cadets of the 61 regular course also underwent special training on counter-terrorism.

Speaking to newsmen shortly after the event, the former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, expressed hope that Nigeria would soon crush the Boko Haram insurgents.

Highlight of the parade was the replacement of the academy’s old regimental colours with new ones, and the presentation of same to the reviewing officer, as well as presentation of awards of merit to deserving cadets.

Airforce Successfully Completes First In-Country Maintenance Of Fighter Jets

The Nigerian Air Force has successfully serviced its fleet of “fighter jets” within the country with the security challenges facing Nigeria, it was deemed necessary by the Air Force to change the face of the game and will be done periodically henceforth.

During the hand-over of the six alpha jets and a c-130h jet, the Minister of State for Defence, Olusola Obada, emphasised that the fleet will help in tackling the nation’s security challenges.

“It’s a great day, not just for Nigeria but for the Nigerian Air Force”

“For the very first time ever, we have had a successful periodic maintenance of our aircraft in-country without having to carry them out of the country to other countries for maintenance

“And as you can see, the aircrafts are already in operation, they are flying and it is the start of good things to come along the line with the transformation agenda of Mr. President that we should look inwards, for the benefit of our country

“Now many of engineers have worked on these aircrafts and they are acquiring knowledge, that means we can now go ahead and maintain and reactivate many other aircrafts that have been more or less moribund, we can bring back to life, we are gaining expertise, we are gaining and saving Nigeria hard-earned foreign exchange and we are all the happier for it, to God be the Glory” she ended.

According to report, the next phase for the aircrafts will be utilisation and the pilots couldn’t hide that the joy that the days of redundancy are over.