The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao has reassured Nigerians that the Air Force will keep up its efforts to root out insurgents and bandits and all forms of criminal elements until peace is restored in the country.
He gave the assurance during a visit to personnel of the Quick Response Force in Minna, Niger State where he was represented by the Deputy Director Operation Headquarters, Air Commodore Stephen Aneke.
“Twelve student pilots are undergoing basic fighter training at 403 Flying Training School Kano while 12 are undergoing basic transport training at 401 Flying Training School Kaduna. These courses are aimed at maintaining combat readiness by increasing the number of pilots to man our ever-increasing inventory of aircraft,” he said.
“Let me use this opportunity to once more urge you all not to relent in your efforts. We must sustain the tempo of our operations and continue to fight gallantly until the insurgents, armed bandits, and other criminal elements are completely eliminated and peace is restored to all troubled parts of our dear country.
“This is our professional duty. Let me assure you that your efforts and sacrifice in this regard both individually and collectively are highly appreciated by the nation. Let me also reassure you that on our part, Headquarters Nigerian Air Force will continue to ensure the provision of your requirement for the successful execution of the war.”
Amao commended the unit for its air operations which he says are instrumental in curtailing the activities of the terrorists.
According to the air chief, strategies are ongoing to enable the service adequately project airpower to effectively and efficiently deal with the emerging security threats among others.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, on Thursday visited Borno State after a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha-Jet went missing in the north-eastern state.
Amao, who arrived in the state barely a day after the incident occurred on Wednesday evening, was briefed on ongoing search and rescue efforts in connection with the missing aircraft.
He appealed to NAF pilots, engineers, and technicians on the ground to remain undeterred and resolute in their commitment to ensuring that peace was returned to the North East.
NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, share some pictures of the air chief’s visit on social media.
See the tweets below:
The CAS, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, @CAS_IOAmao, arrived Maiduguri this morning and was briefed on ongoing search and rescue efforts in connection with the missing Alpha Jet aircraft. pic.twitter.com/3GtjX4lZIs
Before Amao’s visit to Borno, Channels Television reported that the NAF jet went missing after it lost contact with radar while on an interdiction mission in support of ground troops fighting insurgency in the state.
The mission was said to be part of the ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the North East where insurgents have carried out series of attacks, killing thousands and displacing millions of civilians in over 10 years.
On February 21, the Nigerian Air Force lost seven of its personnel and one of its aircraft to a crash in Abuja.
The affected aircraft – Beechcraft KingAir B350i – crashed at Bassa village – just a few yards off the runway at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja.
While en route to Minna, the Niger State capital, the crew reported an engine failure and was on its way back to the airport before the aircraft crashed.
The late personnel were buried at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja.