Buhari lauds Chadian military over counter insurgency campaign



President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday commended the Chadian Forces over their contributions to the counter insurgency campaign in the Lake Chad basin.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Chad is part of the regional force fighting Boko Haram insurgents under the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).

Other participating countries are Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Benin.

Buhari lauded the Chadians when he paid an operational visit to the Headquarters of the Sector 3 Nigerian Army Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) in Monguno, a border town in Borno.

Represented by Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd), the Minister of Defence, the President described the troops as heroes who sacrificed their lives in the defence of the nation’s territorial integrity and the people.

The President said the purpose of the visit was to check the welfare of the soldiers, hold discussion with their colleagues from Chad and see how the Nigerian government can improve on their operations.

“The officers have told us your problems and everything that is needed for you to improve on the conduct of this operation.

“So, our prayer is that you continue with the good work that you have been doing and ensure that all what you are doing will not be left unattended.

“We will do our best to ensure your welfare are well taken care of.

“By the grace of God, we shall do our best to ensure you win this war. All of you will go back to your family and continue with your normal life.

“The government and the people of Nigeria will never forget our heroes who have done us proud, but lost their lives.

“We are also aware of the sacrifices that you are making and I hope you continue,” he said.

Buhari also commended the troops for their bravery and gallantry in the successful execution of the war against the insurgents as well as peace restoration process.

The service chiefs, including the Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Marshal Abubakar Sadique, Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai and other military top brass were at the meeting.

Edited by: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Ismail Abdulaziz



Insecurity: NAF trains 219 Special Forces in Bauchi



The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has inaugurated training for another batch of 219 Special Forces (SF) personnel and graduated 24 rappellers to boost internal security operations in the country.

The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, made this known at the inauguration of the special forces and graduation of the Intermediate Rappelling Course 7/2020 on Friday in Bauchi.

According to him, the course is the seventh of such training programmes by the current NAF administration, and the first to be conducted at the Regiment Training Centre (RTC) Annex, Bauchi.

Abubakar said that out of the 357 personnel drafted for the special forces course, only 219 would undergo the training as 24 rapellers graduate.

The CAS, represented by the Air Officer Commanding Ground Training Command (AOC GTC), Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Idi Amin, added that the NAF Special Forces’ training was borne out of the need to ensure robust defence of Nigeria’s territory.

He said “as part of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, NAF is constitutionally obligated to protect the lives and property of Nigerians, so that they can go about their legitimate businesses unhindered.

“Currently, NAF is recording significant successes in the fight against insurgency in the North- East, as well as against banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling in the North West and North-Central parts of the country. 

“In order to consolidate on the gains made so far, the Force recently activated the 203 Combat Reconnaissance Group, Gombe, for enhanced capability in providing timely and actionable intelligence to contain insecurity.”

Abubakar said that the training of selected Regiment personnel as Special Operations Force elements had become even more crucial.

“This is in line with the practice of modern air forces around the world, which now deploy specially-trained ground forces to provide situational awareness for aircrew, thereby reducing collateral damage and enhancing safe conduct of air operations,” he said.

The Air Force boss added that this informed the establishment of the Special Operations Command, with Headquarters in Bauchi, as well as Quick Response Groups/Wings in Gusau, Owerri, Ipetu-Ijesa, Katsina, Birnin-Gwari, Gembu, Agatu and Lafia, among others.

According to him,  SF capabilities hold great importance to military operations worldwide.

“They are capable of operating in all types of terrain and weather conditions to achieve favourable resolution of security threats,” he noted.

Abubakar charged them to be prepared to put in their best and draw on every ounce of determination and resilience in them to excel.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for supporting NAF toward providing highly skilled and professional manpower to meet the Air Force’s operational requirements.

The chief of air staff also inaugurated 10 one-bedroom flats for non-commissioned officers and the Bauchi NAF Base to ease their accommodation problem.

Earlier, the Acting Commandant, Regiment Training Centre Annex, Bauchi, Sqn. Ldr. Using Jantika, said 357 Regiment, Intelligence and Personnel, were nominated for the Special Forces screening.

He explained that “on completion of medical screening for the Special Forces, 111 were reported to be medically unfit for engagements, 18 voluntarily withdrew from the course and nine failed to report due to service exigencies.”

He noted that only 219 personnel comprising 14 officers and 205 airmen/airwomen were successful, while 28 Special Forces instructors were nominated for the Intermediate Rappelling Course.


Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/ Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
Source: NAN
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We will fight bandits to finish — Chief of Air Staff



We will fight bandits to finish — Chief Chief of Staff


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Katsina, Sep 18, 2020 The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Saqeeq Abubakar, has vowed that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) would continue fighting the bandits until the criminals stopped killing innocent civilians.

Abubakar said this during his visit to Katsina on Thursday for an on-the-spot assessment of “Operation Wutan Daji Two “, a subsidiary of “Operation Hadarin Daji” recently launched in the North-West.

He explained that “Operation Wutan Daji Two” was aimed at identifying the locations of bandits in the forests with a view to flushing them out.

Asked when the operation is going to last, Abubakar said: “We don’t know, we will make sure until we catch the bandits in their nets.

“The fighting is not going to end until we make sure that no civilian is killed and we clear the bandits in the forests.”

He expressed satisfaction with the operation by the Air officers and men and urged them to work in synergy with other security agencies against banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling and criminal acts.

The chief of air staff said that he got the briefs from the officers in charge of the ongoing operation who pointed out the areas of changes and needs.


Edited By: Wale Ojetimi
Source: NAN

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NAF pledges to strengthen ties with NIMASA to protect nation’s maritime domain




The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has reaffirmed its commitment to continue strengthening its relationship with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) in protecting nation’s maritime domain.

The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said this when the Director-General of the agency, Dr Bashir Jamoh, paid him a courtesy visit at the NAF Headquarters on Wednesday in Abuja.

Abubakar recalled that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between NAF and the agency in 2013 was targeted at making sure that the nation’s maritime domain was protected against any form threat.

According to him, since the MoU expired in 2015, the service has been making several conscious efforts to see how the partnership could move forward in addressing the challenges facing the nation’s maritime environment.

CAS added that NAF had continued to play a very crucial role, working closely with the Nigerian Navy, (NN), using NAF maintenance air control aircraft of the ATR42, which had actually participated in several exercises within the maritime environment.

“I want to assure you that NAF will continue to work closely with your agency and I hope that NAF will put a technical team together immediately that will identify current and additional areas of partnership with the agency.

“The service has recently established a Combat Renaissance group in Gombe State to primarily deal with the security challenges of the zone and the other parts of the North.

“These assets can be moved to any parts of the country and we are looking that with time, NAF should be able to establish three wings, one in Lagos, Calabar, and Port Harcourt,” he said.

He said that this would be done in conjunction with other security agencies in maintaining the security of the nation’s maritime domain.

“There is no gain saying that the maritime environment is very crucial to the survival of the country and the service will continue to do its best to make sure it adds value to what is going on there.

“We are supposed to have West African Air Chiefs conference to deal with the Gulf of Guinea challenges and nation’s maritime domain as well, but was postponed due to COVID-19.

“We will see how to bring it back, especially NIMASA being one of the key participants,” he said.

CAS also promised that the service would try its best possible to make sure that ‘Deep Sea’ project came to fruition.

“I was in Benin, the Edo capital to inspect the infrastructure on ground. We are doing everything humanly possible to make sure things are in order before the arrival of the aircraft in Benin.

“We have the technicians and other personnel on ground so as they arrive, NAF should be able to fit in and get the job done professionally,” he said.

Speaking, Jamoh commended CAS for the achievement he had recorded so far not only in terms of securing the nations territorial integrity, but in area of capacity building among others.

Jamoh also commended CAS for prudent management of resources made available to him, especially in the area of innovations.

He said the purpose of the visit was to seek NAF support to enable the agency carry out its statutory responsibilities of securing nation’s maritime domain, adding that NIMSA was trying its best, but could not do it alone.

“The nation has witnessed special forces established by the service to deal with different security challenges across the country headlong.

“Your leadership role upon assumption of duty is worthy of emulation. First time we do not experience leadership crisis in the service,” he said.

According to him, NAF and NIMASA have a lot to share in terms of security, especially the nation’s maritime environment.

“We have seen the activation of 16 aircraft and additional six underway, all to ensure the security of the country and its citizens.

Jamoh, however, urged NAF to key into the ‘Deep Sea’ project, adding that the agency could not do it alone without the support of other relevant agencies like NAF.

“When the aircraft finally arrive, we won’t be the one that will pilot them or the maintenance and others.

“So, that is why we need to partner with the service and other relevant agencies to enable the agency carry out its core mandate of securing the nation’s maritime domain.

“I have no doubt that the relationship between NAF and the agency will go a long way in securing the nation’s maritime domain,” he said.

Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola
Source: NAN

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FG delegation on 2020 Flood Advocacy, visits Yola



A Federal Government delegation on 2020 flood advocacy has visited Yola, the Adamawa State capital.

The delegation, led by Mohammed Mohammed, Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), met with Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri and some top military officers, on Tuesday in Yola.

Mohammed said that they were in the state under the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari, as part of the Federal Government’s tactical and operational preparedness, for tackling 2020 flooding in the state.

Mohammed, who was represented by Dr Daniel Obot, Assistant Director, Disaster Risk Reduction in the agency, said that the annual flooding had continued to threaten the farming potentials in Adamawa and other parts of the country.

He attributed the recurring flood to climate change, noting that about 102 local government areas (LGAs) in 28 states across the country, were within the highly probable risk flood areas.

Mohammed noted that 275 LGAs in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, fell within the moderately probable flood risk areas.

“The reason for this visit is to reaffirm Federal Government’s commitment and preparedness; and to awake the possible flood front line states to take proactive and necessary mitigation measures.

“Federal Government is also directing all state and local emergency management agencies, and other relevant response Agencies to put in place preparedness actions,” Mohammed said.

He listed the flood prone areas in Adamawa to include Yola North, Yola South and Lamurde LGAs; while the probable flood risk areas were Numan, Guyuk and Demsa LGAs.

Responding, Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri thanked the Federal Government for the advocacy visit to the state.

Fintiri, who was represented by Mr Elijah Tumba, Commissioner, Ministry for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Humanitarian Services, said that the state government had already started public enlightenment campaign, targeting prone flood communities for precaution measures.

“The state government has identified risk areas and planned for possible evacuation and preparedness for Internally Displaced Persons Camps,” he said.

In his remarks, Yusuf Mohammed, Commander, 135 Based Service Group, Yola Air Force Base, said that the command would take the delegation’s request into consideration, and prepare for possible response accordingly.

“I want to assure you that the Nigerian Air Force in Yola, will give you the maximum cooperation you need to achieve the Federal Government’s rescue mission,” Mohammed said.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the delegation was on the visit to know and receive the level of preparedness strategy and likely challenges that might hinder effective response and solutions for the predicted possible 2020 flood.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore
Source: NAN
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