Recent Bombings Expected In Insurgency – CAS

Recent Bombings Expected In Insurgency – CASThe Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, says the increasing rate of bombings in parts of Nigeria is a part and parcel of insurgency especially with the dislodgment of the Boko Haram insurgents.

He, however, adds that it is not peculiar and that the military alone cannot deal with the menace.

According to him civilian intelligence and vigilance will play a big role to stop the incidences.

The Air Force boss added that a liaison between the citizen and the armed forces is critical to reducing the incidences, but in the meantime  to engage  with civilians through humanitarian affords and psychological  warfare.

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) continued its onslaught on insurgents with the bombardment of a location it described as Boko Haram’s new hideout about one nautical mile south of Tumbum Rego in northern Borno.

Fighter jets and helicopter gunship of the Air Force assaulted the location in a coordinated day and night operation following Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) report that Boko Haram insurgents who attacked own Surface Forces at Kangarwa the night of January 12, 2017 had withdrawn to the said location.

The footage of the Battle Damage Assessment released by the NAF indicated that the operation was successful as the insurgent’s hideout was successfully destroyed.

Air Force Strikes ‘Boko Haram New Hideout’ In Northern Borno

Nigerian Air Force Air Strikes Against Boko HaramThe Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has struck a location it described as Boko Haram’s new hideout about one nautical mile south of Tumbum Rego in northern Borno.

Fighter jets and helicopter gunship of the Air Force assaulted the location in a coordinated day and night operation following Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) report that Boko Haram insurgents who attacked own Surface Forces at Kangarwa the night of January 12, 2017 had withdrawn to the said location.

The footage of the Battle Damage Assessment released by the NAF indicated that the operation was successful as the insurgent’s hideout was successfully destroyed.

The NAF had of recently intensified aerial patrol over the entire operation in the northeast, as well as offensive mission around the Green Belt region near Niger and Chad Republics.

A statement by the spokesman for the Nigerian Air Force, Ayodele Famuyiwa, said the renewed effort was aimed at denying the remnants of the insurgents the opportunity to regroup and launch attack on own Surface Forces or people within the host communities.

After the military sacked the insurgents from their last bastion in Sambisa forest, members of the Boko Haram have continued to make attempts to regroup. But the military has said it would sustain counter-terrorism operations in the region to deny the dissidents the opportunity.

The air bombardment announcement is coming on a day that a suicide attack killed four persons in a university in the capital of the state, Maiduguri.

A professor of Veterinary Medicine identified as Aliyu Mani, is one of those killed in the early morning attack.

Survivors say the attack was carried out by a seven year old boy who detonated his bomb while Muslim worshippers were praying at the junior staff quarters mosque.

Borno State Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu, told journalists at the scene of the incident that four people had died in the attack.

Air Force Says It Lost A Helicopter In Makurdi

NAF-1The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it lost one of the Agusta Westland 101 helicopters handed over to it recently by the Presidency on the tarmac at 33 Logistics Group, Makurdi.

Giving clarification to the incident, spokesman for the Air Force, Group Captain, Ayodele Famuyiwa, said that contrary to circulated reports, the mishap occurred while the helicopter was taxing after a successful mission.

He said: “The attention of the Nigerian Air Force has been drawn to media report on the crash of one of the Agusta Westland 101 helicopters handed over recently by the Presidency.

“The incident happened last week on the tarmac at 33 Logistics Group, Makurdi”.

According to him, the NAF has since set-up a board of officers to investigate the immediate and remote causes of the incident.

The Seven-man board is headed by Air Vice Marshal Emmanuel Anebi.

He said that details of the investigation would be communicated to the public as soon as the Board concludes its assignment.

Air Force Extends Aerial Patrol To Abuja-Kaduna Railway Line

Nigerian Air ForceThe Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has extended its aerial patrol and surveillance of the Abuja-Kaduna highway to include the railway lines.

The surveillance is part of the ongoing efforts to protect lives and safeguard critical national assets within the affected areas.

In the patrol, both railway terminus in Abuja, Kaduna and environs were covered using NAF helicopters.

A statement by the spokesman for the Air Force, Ayodele Famuyiwa, said that the security situation in the North West region of Nigeria and the usual trend of crime increase towards the end of the year made the surveillance necessary.

The NAF in August 2016 commenced extensive aerial patrol of Abuja-Kaduna highway, including Abuja metropolis, Kaduna-Birnin Gwari road, Kaduna-Zaria-Kano road, Falgore Forest as well as Minna and environs.

It is meant to checkmate criminal activities such as armed robbery, cattle rustling and kidnapping that is on the increase in the region.

Possible Locations Of Chibok Girls Identified – Air Force

chibokThe Nigerian Air Force says it has been able to identify possible locations of the abducted Chibok girls.

The Director of Public Relations at the Nigerian Air Force, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, told Channels Television that the Air Force is abstaining from attacking the area to make sure that the girls are not hit.

He explained that the latest aerial bombardment of Sambisa forest had been aimed at the logistics base of the Boko Haram sect and not areas where the Chibok girls could be located.

“We have no fears that the girls are not there because hat particular location has been under surveillance for quite a while and we suspected maybe its a kind of ammunition depot or maybe a workshop that they are using as their logistics place.

“Once you take off the logistics base, of course you gradually weaken the resolve of the enemy to be able to prosecute any campaign,” he said.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa also explained some of the tactics used by the Air Force to locate the girls.

He said, ” The UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) has become a force multiplier for us because its cheaper to run these platforms, you are not putting men there (and) the risk of  losing human beings is greatly reduced.

“Again the UAVs have the capability to be airborne for up to eleven hours and its quite cheap to maintain. So, we have been able to employ the UAV to a great extent to carry out reconnaissance and surveillance basically for intelligence gathering on the activities of the Boko Haram.”

He said that the UAVs have also helped the Air Force to understand the terrorists’ pattern of movement and “how to be able to counter them should they want to strike or spring any surprise”.