NAF Takes Delivery Of Reactivated Aircraft To Boost Insurgency War

 

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has taken delivery of another reactivated aircraft – ATR-42 (NAF 930).

NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

He explained that this was in furtherance of NAF’s sustained efforts at providing more serviceable Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platforms in the war against insurgency and other forms of criminality in the country.

Daramola said the aircraft was received at the flight line of 307 Executive Airlift Group at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

He noted that the Chief of Policy and Plans, Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao, took its delivery on behalf of the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who is in the North East to oversee the ongoing subsidiary Operation Long Reach II.

“The reactivation of the aircraft, which was successfully executed at the Rheinland Air Services (RAS) Facilities, Monchengladbach, Germany after clocking 5,000 hours of operation, was earlier scheduled to be completed within six months.

“However, due to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, the completion date was extended by three months,” the statement said.

Daramola stated that NAF has successfully reactivated some of its platforms in-country in the last five years in collaboration with its technical partners, including the conduct of Periodic Depot Maintenance (PDM) on two C-130H aircraft and the PDM/Avionics upgrade of three alpha jets.

He, however, explained that it was considered expedient to conduct the maintenance activity of ATR-42 aircraft (NAF 930) abroad, being the first PDM on it after 10 years of operation.

According to him, this was also necessary to take advantage of the facilities and expertise of RAS and build the capacity of the NAF engineers and technicians that participated in the reactivation process in Germany.

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 Kwara Govt Partners NAF To Boost Aviation College Ilorin

 

The Kwara state government has expressed its desire to partner with the Nigerian Air force (NAF) to boost the capacity of the international aviation college (IAC), Ilorin with a view to positioning the institution to better support the aviation industry in Nigeria.

This was made known yesterday, 30 June 2020, when the executive governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazzaq, paid a visit to the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, at NAF Headquarters.

Governor Abdulrazaq stated that the IAC would want to leverage on the NAF’s expertise and experience to improve its services, especially in the training of pilots as well as Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) operators and maintenance crew.

He also suggested that the NAF could consider operating its c-130h aircraft from the 303 Medium Airlift Group (303 mag) Ilorin since it has a hangar at the location, observing that this would further boost aviation-related activities in the state.

Speaking further, the Kwara state governor, while commending the NAF for its immense contributions to the war against terrorism and armed banditry in the northeast and northwest of the country, stated that the NAF’s airstrikes had significantly curtailed the nefarious activities of the criminal elements.

He expressed optimism that, with the renewed tempo of operations, the enemies of the nation would soon be roundly defeated.

In his response, the CAS expressed the NAF’s willingness to partner with the Kwara state government to boost the activities of the IAC. He noted that, while more work needed to be done to make the 303 mag hangar ready for use by NAF c-130h, arrangements could be made to emplace essential support equipment that would make occasional use of the facility possible.

Air Marshal Abubakar however remarked that it would be best to set up a technical committee, comprising members from the NAF and the Kwara state government/IAC, to work out modalities for actualizing the partnership.

Before departing the NAF headquarters, the governor was conducted on a tour of the NAF aircrew memorial arcade, where he laid a wreath and prayed for the repose of the souls of NAF aircrew who had paid the supreme price in service to the nation.

NAF Deploys Five Additional Aircraft To Fight Banditry

 

The Nigerian Air Force has deployed five additional aircraft to boost its fight against banditry in Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kaduna states.

The Chief of the Air staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, disclosed this on Tuesday when he supervised an area demarcated for the construction of taxiway, apron, hangar and aircraft shelters in Bakuru village, in the newly proposed NAF Central Flying School, Katsina State.

Abubakar also noted that the jets were deployed at the Umaru Musa ‘Yar’adua Airport, Katsina State.

The air assets included, among other things, Augusta 109 powered helicopter NAF, Surveillance aircraft, gunship helicopter, fighter and Alpha jets.

This brings the total number of the air assets to 10, currently operating in the ongoing operation, code-named Operation Wutan Daji, a subsidiary of Operation Hadarin Daji.

While stating that the force is determined to make it extremely difficult for the bandits to operate in the North-Western region of the country, Abubakar expressed satisfaction with the successes recorded so far in the fight against banditry.

According to him, in the last three days, close to 100 hours, so many locations of the Bandits have been identified, with 10 of their camps cleared.

“We have 10 aircraft that are operating so far, we have bought a substantial quantity of aviation fuel amounting to over 200,000 litres along with quite a number of personnel to ensure that communities are secured.

“We are working very closely with the Nigerian army, we are also conducting air interdiction operation codenamed operation Wutan Daji which is an air interdiction operation that takes the fight into the forest where most of the Bandits are.

“I want to appreciate the Katsina state Governor, Aminu Masari for giving us the land to construct taxiway, apron, hangar and aircraft shelters in the newly proposed NAF Central Flying School, Katsina.

“We also appreciate their Royal highnesses, the emirs of Katsina and Daura and citizens for giving us the intelligence without which we cannot fight the Bandits.

“We are very happy with the level of support and cooperation we get from the citizens of the Northwest,” Abubakar said.

On May, 22, the Nigerian Air Force deployed additional sixty Special Forces to complement the effort of the ongoing Hadarin Daji operation, to sweep out bandits and kidnappers terrorising innocent citizens of Katsina State.

Nigerian Air Force Thwarts Bandits’ Attack In Kaduna

Air Force Personnel Dies In Parachuting Accident
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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has thwarted an attack by armed bandits along the Kwauya-Tsamiya village axis in Kaduna State. 

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

According to the statement, the personnel of the 404 Force Protection Group (404 FPG) NAF Base Kaduna thwarted the planned attack in the early hours of Sunday.

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Major General Enenche explained that this followed “reports that some cattle rustlers/armed bandits had raided the Fulani settlements adjacent to the NAF Base and seized some heads of cattle from some herders at gun point.”

The statement further noted that a Rapid Response Force (RRF) Team was dispatched to pursue and recover the rustled cattle.

“The RRF Team, supported by NAF Special Forces deployed to Operation BADAMAMAKI, in conjunction with the local vigilantes, quickly located the bandits and engaged them in a firefight causing them to retreat in multiple directions abandoning 40 cattle in the process,” the statement added.

“While there were no casualties to any civilian or NAF personnel in the encounter, some of the bandits managed to escape with gunshot wounds.”

This is as the statement commended the officers for their gallantry and urged them “to sustain their efforts to curb the activities of bandits and all other criminal elements threatening the peace and security of our beloved country.”

 

NAF Destroys Boko Haram Command Centre, Kills Terrorists In Sambisa

 

The military says it has destroyed a Tactical Command Centre of the Boko Haram terrorist group and killed some of their fighters at Yuwe in the Sambisa Forest area of Borno State.

Major General John Enenche, the Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

He explained that the feat was recorded by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole, in continuation of the air interdiction missions being conducted under the subsidiary Operation Long Reach to unhinge the leadership of the insurgents in the North East

According to the military spokesman, the operation was executed on Wednesday after a series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions observed the significant presence of insurgents in the settlement.

He added that the ISR missions established that a prominent compound with solar panel-mounted rooftop and a large tree in the middle with a nearby flag-mounted sentry post was being used by the terrorists to coordinate their operations in the area.

The statement read, “Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets dispatched by the ATF to take out the command centre took turns in attacking the location scoring accurate hits, leading to the destruction of the centre and surrounding structures, as well as the neutralisation of several fighters.

“The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, commends the ATF for their dedication and professionalism.

“The Defence Headquarters equally urges them to intensify the air offensive against the terrorists and all other criminal elements in the country.”

Two Nigerian Air Force Officers Test Positive For COVID-19

Two officers of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) have tested positive for COVID-19 in Makurdi, Benue State.

The State Governor Samuel Ortom announced this while releasing new guidelines on the easing of restrictions in the state, on Wednesday.

The governor said contacts tracing has commenced immediately within and outside the NAF base located along the Makurdi/Gboko road to identify and isolate anyone who had contact with the officers.

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The new measures in the state include the lifting of the ban on worship places which must not congregate for more than one hour, and the resumption of work by all civil servants with effect from Monday, June 8.

Meanwhile, the NAF has supported the Nigerian government’s effort in combating COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

They recently produced emergency ventilators for patients with respiratory disease including acute lungs injury and acute respiratory distress syndrome.

The ventilators were unveiled last week at the Nigerian Airforce Institute of Technology in Kaduna State by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

Alex Badeh: Air Force Sentences Six Officials

Ex-Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh was shot dead by unknown gunmen.

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Friday said it has concluded its investigation into the action of six officials, in connection with the killing of former Air Chief Marshal, Alex Badeh.

Badeh, who was a former Chief of Defence Staff, was shot in December 2018 while returning from his farm along Abuja-Keffi road.

In a statement by Air Force spokesman on Friday, Ibikunle Daramola, six Badeh aides were found guilty of various offences including absconding in the line of duty, giving false statements and illegal disposal of air force ammunition.

The judgement was delivered by the President of the General Court Martial, Air Commodore David Aluku but is subject to confirmation by the Appropriate Superior Authority, the statement said.

 

Read the full statement below:

PRESS RELEASE

TRIAL OF LATE AIR CHIEF MARSHAL ALEX BADEH’S AIDES: GENERAL COURT MARTIAL CONCLUDES SITTING, DELIVERS JUDGEMENT

1.     Six Nigerian Air Force (NAF) personnel, who were aides to the former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Late Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, were today, 29 May 2020, awarded various sentences by the General Court Martial (GCM) sitting at the NAF Base, Bill Clinton Drive, Abuja. The 6 NAF personnel, who were standing trial for various offences, are; Squadron Leader Tom Gwani, Flight Sergeant Amu David, Flight Sergeant Philemon Degema, Flight Sergeant Sabo Simon, Sergeant Mukhtar Abdullahi and Sergeant Alfred Alexander. Four of the personnel were detailed to provide armed escort for Late Air Chief Marshal Badeh, while 2 others were detailed for guard duty at his house on 18 December 2018 when the former CDS was ambushed and killed by some gunmen on his way back from his farm along Gitata-Keffi Highway in Nasarawa State.

2.      Delivering his judgment, the President of the GCM, Air Commodore David Aluku, pronounced the 6 accused personnel guilty of various charges including Failure to Perform Military Duties, by absconding from the convoy of the deceased former CDS while it came under attack, as well as Conduct to the Prejudice of Service Discipline, for giving false statements. The charges against the accused also included other Civil Offences of Criminal Conspiracy and Miscellaneous Offences Relating to Property, for illegally disposing of 79 rounds of 5.56mm live ammunition issued for the protection of the late CDS, among others. On the count of Aiding and Abetting, 2 of the personnel were found not guilty, while the other 4 personnel who were detailed to provide armed escort were handed various sentences.

3.      While pleading in mitigation, the Defence Counsels urged the Court to show leniency, describing the accused persons as first time offenders. The sentences were announced as being subject to confirmation by the Appropriate Superior Authority.

4.     You are please requested to disseminate this information through your medium to the general public. Thank you for your usual support and cooperation.

IBIKUNLE DARAMOLA
Air Commodore
Director of Public Relations and Information
Nigerian Air Force
29 May 2020

COVID-19: NAF Unveils Locally Produced Emergency Ventilators

 

The Nigerian Air Force has produced emergency ventilators to support the fight against the deadly COVID-19.

The ventilators were unveiled on Wednesday at the Nigerian Airforce Institute of Technology in Kaduna State by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

Abubakar who was represented by Air Vice Marshal Remigius Ekeh, said that the Nigerian Air force partnered with the faculty of veterinary medicine of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria to test the effectiveness of the ventilators using both dog and pig models.

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This, according to him, is to demonstrate the capacity of the emergency ventilators to ventilate patients with respiratory disease including acute lungs injury and acute respiratory distress syndrome.

He added that the devastating effect of the COVID-19 requires that ingenious and proactive steps be taken in order to protect lives and avert any form of national tragedy.

The Nigerian Air Force, Abubakar added, has continued to pursue a robust and result-oriented research and development policy with emphasis on the provision of indigenous technological solutions.

This includes the mass production of face masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) as well as the provision of liquid oxygen to designated hospitals and isolation centres across the country.

The Airforce has also engaged in strategic partnerships with some Ministries, Departments and Agencies so as to reduce Nigeria’s dependence on industrialised nations.

NAF’s Locally Produced Ventilators Ready For Use – CAS Abubakar

 

The Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar on Monday announced that ventilators locally produced by the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) are now ready for use and will soon be unveiled.

The ventilators will be used in the treatment of COVID-19 and other respiratory-related diseases.

Abubakar, said the ventilators were jointly fabricated by NAF engineers and experts from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.

He made this announcement while hosting a Sallah luncheon for frontline troops of the NAF at the headquarters of Air Task Force Operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri, Borno State capital.

“While sustaining the fight against the seen enemy, NAF personnel must also maintain vigilance and ensure strict adherence to the guidelines and protocols to overcome COVID-19, which is the invisible enemy of humanity,” he said.

The CAS adds that the NAF in support of COVID-19 fight had also distributed reusable face masks to all personnel and provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and ventilators to the NAF Hospital in Maiduguri,

Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum who was also at the event appreciated the contributions and sacrifices of NAF in securing the territorial integrity of the country.

He notes that the tremendous efforts of the NAF in general, and the Air Task Force (ATF) in particular, in the fight against insurgency had degraded the abilities of the insurgents and gradually facilitated a return to normalcy for the people of Borno State.

 

 

NAF Deploys Additional Special Forces To Sweep Out Bandits, Kidnappers In Katsina

12 Bandits, Killed 15 Victims Rescued In North-West – NAF
A file photo of a military helicopter.

 

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has deployed additional sixty (60) special forces to complement the effort of the ongoing Hadarin Daji operation out to sweep out bandits and kidnappers terrorising innocent citizens of Katsina state.

Comprising three well trained officers and 57 men, the special forces have been deployed along with additional platforms to be injected into the fight.

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Speaking to reporters shortly after addressing the newly deployed troops at the Umaru Musa Yar’adua Airport Katsina, the Air Officer Commanding Special Operations Command, AVM Charles Ohwo said the deployment was necessary following the recent attacks and killings in Batsari and Jibia LGAs of the state where innocent lives were killed.

He says air assets have been deployed in the state some days ago by the Chief of Air staff whom have operated for the past 24 hours with successful outcomes with many of the bandits taken out

PHOTOS: Air Force Wings More Pilots, Restates Commitment To Security

Photos: Winging ceremony of NAF pilots on Tuesday, May 5th, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV

 

 

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar has reassured all Nigerians that the Air Force remains fully committed to the successful execution of its constitutional roles and will continue to meet its statutory responsibility of defending the territorial integrity of the nation.

He gave the assurance while speaking in Abuja at the winging ceremony of NAF pilots on Tuesday.

He also explained that the quest for the Nigerian Air Force to fulfil the constitutional mandate of protecting the country’s airspace and ensuring peace and security of the nation has remained the motivating factor driving it to continuously seek ways to regularly improve the operational capacity of the service through training and retraining.

Abubakar added that the current national security situation requires that the force remains highly committed and focused.

The Air Force boss, therefore, urged the newly winged pilots to be willing, able and ready whenever they are called upon in the defence of Nigeria’s sovereignty and interests.

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COVID-19: NAF Produces, Distributes Oxygen To Isolation Centres

 

As COVID-19 virus rages globally, the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) is contributing its quota to curb its spread and give relief to victims receiving treatment.

According to a post by NAF Defence, NAF Attache to Russia, Air Vice Marshal O.A Adesanya, NAF has commenced the distribution of oxygen produced at its Liquid Oxygen Plant to isolation centres where COVID-19 patients are being treated.

“I’m glad to note that the Nigeria Airforce has started the distribution of oxygen being produced at its Liquid Oxygen Plant to isolation centers and designated hospitals across the country in support of the National response to COVID-19 pandemic,” he tweeted.

Oxygen therapy, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) is the major treatment intervention for patients with severe COVID-19 cases.

Previous COVID-19 responses by the NAF include the airlifting of healthcare personnel, equipment and supplies around the country as airports remain closed.

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