NAF Launches New Operation Against Bandits In Kaduna

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The Nigerian Air Force has launched an exercise named Operation Na Zo to help curb the activities of terrorists, bandits, kidnappers, cattle rustlers and other criminal elements in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State and some parts of neighbouring Zamfara and Niger States.

The operation was accompanied with a simulation exercise which involved the troops to launching both air and ground attacks against the bandits inside the Kamuku forest who were said to have been terrorising residents of the three states.

Speaking during the launching of the operation on Monday, the Chief of Defense Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, said the essence of the training and exercise, is to achieve greater success in combat operations especially at a time when Nigeria is grappling with a lot of security challenges.

NAF Destroys Boko Haram Base In Sambisa Forest

 

The Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has destroyed a Boko Haram Terrorists’ logistics base in Sambisa Forest, Borno State.

The director of public relations and information for the Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola said The operation was executed on the 28th of January 2019, after series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions revealed a resurgence of human and vehicular activities at the logistics base, which had hitherto been abandoned.

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He adds that Overhead the target area, several structures and vehicles were seen camouflaged under the thick vegetation of the Forest, with significant human activity observed within the area. The attack aircraft recorded direct hits on the target area resulting in the destruction of several structures and neutralisation of some of the terrorists .

He also noted that some of the terrorists who survived the bomb strikes were seen fleeing the area but were mopped-up in follow-on attacks.

NAF Aircraft Destroys Terrorists Gun Trucks In Auno, Borno State

 

The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has destroyed some terrorists’ gun trucks in air strikes conducted at Auno in Borno State.

The attacks were executed yesterday, 7 January 2019, whilst providing close air support for ground troops who were responding to an attack on their location.

According to NAF  spokesperson, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, the ATF scrambled a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha Jet and an Mi-35M Helicopter Gunship, supported by an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft, to locate and engage the group of terrorists’ gun trucks.

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Overhead the target area, the ground troops were seen engaging the terrorists, who were in a convoy of gun trucks, in a fierce gun battle.

After deconfliction, the Alpha Jet and Mi-35M took turns in engaging the terrorists causing them to beat an immediate retreat. In the process, 3 gun trucks were hit and destroyed while several of their fighters were neutralized.

The hall of fire from exploding munitions in one of gun trucks was visibly seen. Some of the survivors, who were seen attempting to flee the location, were taken out in follow-on attacks.

 

President Buhari Visits Injured Nigerian Air Force Pilots In Hospital

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has paid a visit to two of the three Nigerian Air Force officers who were involved in a crash last week.

The president visited the officers on Sunday at the Defence Intelligence Agency hospital in Abuja, hours after he returned from New York for the United Nations General Assembly, a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said.

While one of the officers, Squadron Leader M.B Babari, did not survive the incident, President Buhari thanked God for sparing the lives of the two others.

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The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who was also on hand to receive the President, explained that the three pilots had ejected successfully from their jets after the collision, while training for air parade on Friday, to mark the country’s 58th Independence Anniversary.

He noted, however, that Babari’s helmet flew open and he suffered head injuries that turned fatal.

President Buhari prayed that God would give the family of the deceased the fortitude to bear the loss.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Medical Services at the hospital, Air Vice Marshal Saleh Shinkafi, assured the president that the condition of the officers was improving steadily, and that they were being kept for further rest and counselling, as part of the rehabilitation process.

Others who received the President at the hospital were his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abba Kyari, and Chief of Defence Intelligence, Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Usman.

National Security: Air Force Graduates 1,498 Recruits In Kaduna

National Insecurity: Air Force Graduates 1,498 Recruits In KadunaThe Nigeria Air Force (NAF), on Friday, graduated a total of 1,498 recruits of its Basic Military Training Course, with a warning to them to be vigilant and committed to their constitutional responsibilities of safe-guarding the nation.

During their passing out parade held at the Ground Training Centre, NAF base Kaduna, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, told the new recruits to be prepared to pay the supreme price in defending their fatherland, especially at a time when the country is facing several security challenges.

Their journey began in July 2016, with 1,563 candidates, while 49 were withdrawn and four absconded.

Also among the graduates were 331 operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

As part of the effort to prepare the young airmen and airwomen for the task ahead, and in pursuance of the service’s mission-oriented force development, the curriculum for their course was reviewed with the introduction of internal security module.

Awards were given to recruits who distinguished themselves in the cause of the training

Addressing them, Air Marshal Abubakar, warned that the Nigerian Armed Forces, have zero tolerance for weakness and any conduct that is inconsistent with service discipline.

He reminded them to imbibe the culture of discipline, absolute loyalty to both civil and military authorities, and to avoid being used by any disgruntled elements in the society.

The Air Force boss, also announced that his administration places a high priority on welfare and capacity building of officers and men of the service.

The induction of the young men and women into the military, is not doubt coming at a time the nation is in dire need of additional manpower for her military needs.

Therefore, as they join their colleagues in the field, it is expected that they sticjk by the oath they took to protect all law abiding citizens and visitors from both internal and external aggression.

Air Force Destroys Illegal Oil Refineries In Rivers State

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Scene of the aerial attacks on illegal refineries in Bille, Rivers State

The Nigerian Air Force says it has destroyed some illegal oil refineries and barges filled with petroleum products in the Niger Delta.

The Air Force in a statement released on October 3, signed by its Director of Public Relations Information, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, said the military action is part of its efforts to stop illegal bunkering and criminal activities in the oil rich Niger Delta region.

According to the statement, the illegal refineries and barges were sighted by NAF Diamond 42 aircraft which was on an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission in Bille Community of Rivers State.

A Mi-24V helicopter gunship was subsequently called-in for aerial attacks.

It added that a similar operation was carried out on October 1 in the same area.

Army Arrest Alleged Economic Saboteur, NDA Kingpin

Boko Haram, Nigerian Army, Coup PlanTroops of 4 Brigade Nigerian Army have arrested a suspected national economy saboteur, one Mr. Gabriel Ogbudje (an Ex-militant leader).

Mr Ogbudje is also alleged to be the leader of the “Otugas Fire Force”, a militant group threatening to attack Utorogu Gas Plant.

He was alleged to be responsible for the recent act of economic sabotage perpetrated on NPDC/Shoreline major delivery trunk line within Ogo-Oteri general area on the August 26.

He has been on the run since he was declared wanted because of his public declaration as the leader of the militant group “Otugas Fire Force” and his subsequent declaration of the threat code named “Crocodile Tears”, which was published by the Vanguard and Thisday newspapers on 31st August 2016, while the Brigade was engaged on the military field training exercise nicknamed “Operation Crocodile Smile”.

Gabriel was arrested along with his accomplice, Mr. Elvis Dweller Ejus.

Both suspects were handed to Operation DELTA SAFE for further interrogation and subsequent handing over to the relevant security agency for prosecutions.

In the same vein, troops of 13 Brigade Nigerian Army in conjunction with Nigerian Navy, Nigeria Air Force and covert operatives of the Defence Intelligence Agency, arrested a suspected kingpin of the Niger Delta Avengers, Isaac Romeo, that goes by the appellation of “G2” in their terrorist camp.

He was arrested along with two other persons; Mr. Lawson Samson and an elderly man, Mr. Iyang Ekpo in Calabar, Cross State while driving in a vehicle with registration number, CRS 86 AO1 on Saturday, September 3, 2016.

The arrest followed painstaking efforts and tracking of the militant who was in the state to perpetrate further criminal activities of sabotaging critical infrastructures.

Gun Runners, Armed Bandits Kill 11 Military Officials In Niger State

Illegal ArmsAt least 11 military officials have been killed in a gun battle with gun runners and armed bandits at different locations in Niger State, north-western Nigeria, a military official said on Sunday.

Eight of the armed bandits were also killed in the shootout while 57 others were arrested.

Spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Colonel Sani Usman, said that the attack occurred during cordon and search in different locations following covert surveillance and intelligence reports on the activities of some gun runners and armed bandits in Kopa, Dagma and Gagaw villages of Bosso Local Government Area, Niger State.

Still Missing

Troops of 31 Artillery Brigade, 1 Division Nigerian Army, in conjunction with Nigeria Air Force detachment on Internal Security Operation MESA were in the operation to recover suspected weapon cache and arrest the suspected persons and the armed bandits.

“The troops were on legitimate official duty aimed at safeguarding lives and property of citizen in the area.

“While approaching and deploying to carry out their lawful duty, the troops came under simultaneous and sporadic shootings in all the three locations.

They, however, responded as necessary in line with the rules of engagement.

“Sadly, an officer and eight soldiers of the Nigerian Army and two Airmen of the Nigeria Air Force lost their lives in the line of national duty,” a statement by Colonel Usman said.

He stated that “one soldier is still missing” while two of their colleagues were seriously wounded.

The suspected gun runners and armed bandits also burnt down four operational vehicles and vandalised two others.

The bandits also carted away four AK-47 rifles and one Fabrique Nationale (FN) rifle belonging to the deceased soldiers.

Colonel Usman said that the troops killed eight of the armed bandits and arrested 57 others while large quantity of arms and ammunition were recovered.

‘Suppliers Of Arms’

The recovered items include; three AK-47 rifles, 10 Local AK-47 Rifles, nine Locally made Pistols, six Revolver guns, which fires 7.62mm (Special ammunition), 45 Loaded Dane guns, 10 Clubs and Cudgels, 41 Arrows, 18 Bow cases, 122 Cutlasses and Machetes as well as 20 Daggers.

Other items are 31 Axes, 63 rounds of 7.62 (Special) Ammunition, 10 Bajaj Motorcycles, Assorted Charms and Amulets, two Vehicles, 38 mobile telephone handsets, a wristwatch, five Identity Cards, Passport Photographs, Cash sum of 23,870 Naira, five Japanese Yen and 35 different denominations of old Nigerian currency, 15 Catapults, eight Torchlights, two Gun Powder bottles, four empty cases of Ammunition and 41 Cartridges.

The troops also seized a military Waist Belt and a pair of military Combat Boots.

The army spokesman emphasised that the nefarious activities of the gun runners and the armed bandits had direct bearing with the influx of weapons and general insecurity in some parts of the Federal Capital Territory and the North West geo-political zone.

He said: “The same gun runners have been confirmed to be the suppliers of arms to armed robbery gangs that were involved in series of armed robbery attacks along Minna-Bida road and the general environment.

“Although the situation is under control, the military will not rest on its oars until all those involved are arrested and brought to justice”.

Colonel Usman further assured Nigerians that the military would continue to deal with any violent threat to national security and urged all law abiding citizens to go about their lawful duties, as the cordon and search operation continues in the general area.

He said the operation could, if necessary, be expand to other identified areas to keep Nigerians safe.

Nigerian Air Force To Increase Recruitment Of Personnel

Nigerian Air ForceThe Nigerian Air Force will increase its recruitment from 1,000 personnel annually to 2,500, to increase its support to the nation’s security.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, announced the planned increase on Friday during a visit by the Governor of Kaduna State, Mr Nasir El-Rufai.

Air Marshal Abubakar said the Air Force had acquired 10 helicopters and was awaiting 10 other training aircraft in a bid to enhance its operations to adequately support both the internal and external security challenges confronting the nation, in line with globally accepted standards.

Beyond the partnership, the Chief of Air Staff announced ongoing reforms in the Air Force aimed at further contributing to fighting Nigeria’s internal and external security challenges.

At the meeting, Governor El-Rufai expressed his gratitude to the Air Force for its contribution to tackling security challenges in the North-West especially in Kaduna State.

The agreement at the meeting was that Nigeria was better off when the civilian authority and the military worked together for the common good.

NAFOWA Trains Widows, Youths In Skill Acquisition

NAFOWAThe Nigerian Air Force Officers Wives Association (NAFOWA), has commenced the skills acquisition and vocational training for widows, indigent women and youths in Kaduna State.

Speaking during the launching of the programme at the Air Force base in Kaduna, President of the Association and wife of the Chief of Air Staff, Hafsat Abubakar, said the training programme was to compliment the Federal Government’s effort in tackling unemployment and poverty especially among the women and youths in the country.

She explained that the programme is geared towards building entrepreneurial skills among youths and women in the barracks, with a view to making them self-sufficient and useful to the society.

According to her, the current decline of the economy in the country makes it necessary for women and youths not to rely solely on white collar jobs, but to look for alternative sources of engaging themselves meaningfully through capacity building and skill acquisition.

Most of the trainees were those whose husbands or parents died while fighting insurgents in the north east.

Chairperson of NAFOWA, Airforce Training Command, Kaduna, Grace Balogun commended the NAFOWA President for initiating the training programme.

Some of the beneficiaries said the training would empower them with the necessary skills in becoming self-reliant and to be able to support their families.

The training programme, which will last for a period of 10 weeks, is to increase their capacity building and making them become self-employed and reduce poverty and unemployment among them.

The beneficiaries were being trained in tailoring, beads making, shoe making, ICT, catering, hair dressing, barbing among others.

Several military personnel have lost their lives in the ongoing fight against insurgency in the North East and other related crimes across the country, thereby leaving behind their widows and children.

This initiative of NAFOWA is seen as a welcome development as it will go a long way in complimenting the efforts of the Federal Government in empowering the youths and women, who are regarded as the pillars and future of the nation.

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.

Heightened Fight Against Insurgency Is Not Just For Elections – Olukolade

Gombe AttackThe Director, Defence Information, Maj. Gen Chris Olukolade, on Tuesday maintained that the on going fight against insurgents in the north eastern part of Nigeria is not being carried out to only ensure the safety of Nigerians during the elections.

“I must make it clear that the activities that are being carried out at the moment in terms of the military operations, precedes the preparations for the general elections and the mandate has been to take care of the menace of terrorists and make way for the normal socio-economic as well political activities to take place.

“That mission is still on and that is the essence of what is still going on and that is the essence of all that is going on”, he said during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

He further noted that “there are efforts to achieve it as quickly as possible; we are not even tying it to time but we are mobilising all the required resource to ensure that the mandate is achieved”.

He praised the efforts of the Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), adding that the operation is now more coordinated and organised compared to what was obtainable in the past, resulting in the level of success being recorded.

“The cohesion within the MNJTF has improved and everyone is more committed and putting the required resources for achieving the assignment within the combined operations”, he said.

Maj Gen Olukolade debunked claims that the United States of America refused to sell or donate equipment to the Nigerian Army because they are not well trained and assured that “apart from the fact that a lot of fighting and combat is on going, our troops are training and re-training” insisting that “there is a lot of adjustment and you can be sure that the Nigerian soldier is versatile enough to adjust to any situation”.

He also revealed that the Nigerian military has a lot of equipment coming in which will enhance the morale and performance of the troops during operations.

The Major General further noted that the operation, apart from being joint, is also combined, maintaining that each of the services has played its role as defined.

“While the Air Force is giving the required fire from the air and giving cover to every advance on the field, troops are moving in and occupying the streets and clearing the terrorists on ground” he maintained.

Counter-terrorism operations have heightened, with collaborated efforts from forces of countries bordering Nigeria in the north-east, the stronghold of the Boko Haram terrorist group.

Nigeria’s general elections was postponed on February 7 by six weeks by the electoral commission to enable the military re-capture areas under the control of the terrorist.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had said the decision to postpone the elections was reached after wide-reaching consultations and the advice of the security chiefs to postpone the elections.