The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche announced this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
Enenche said that the air raid was in continuation of the air offensive against terrorist elements in the North East.
He noted that the airstrikes were conducted on Aug. 12, following credible intelligence reports indicating terrorists’ activities in the village.
The mission showed the presence of a sizable number of the ISWAP elements at designated locations.
According to him, the NAF jets took turns in engaging the location, scoring devastating hits on the designated targets and leading to the destruction of the structures as well as the neutralisation of several ISWAP fighters.
“The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, commends the Air Task Force for their dedication and professionalism.
“He urged them to intensify the air offensive against the terrorists and all other criminal elements in the country,’’ he said.
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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.
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
Military air raids hit bandits’ hideout, kill scores in Kaduna forest
The Defence Headquarters said the Air Component of Operation Thunder Strike on Thursday, destroyed bandits’ meeting venue in Kwaimbana Forest area of Kaduna State, killing several bandits.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
Enenche said that the air raid was conducted after series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions that revealed the hideout along with a building in the centre of the forest.
He said the Air Component dispatched Nigerian Air Force (NAF) jets and helicopter gunships to attack the location accordingly to engage them.
He said the attack aircraft took turns in engaging the target area, scoring accurate hits which resulted in the damage of the building as well as neutralisation of several bandits.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Ismail Abdulaziz
NAF distributes medical oxygen cylinders to FCT isolation centres
The Chief of Medical Services, NAF, Air Commodore Gideon Bako, while distrbuting the items to the beneficiaries at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Thursday in Abuja, said it was in continuation of national efforts to fight COVID-19.
“All the beneficiaries need do is to bring their empty cylinder to the airport for onward transportation to Yola, fill them, and bring the cylinders back to them.
“All these are at no cost to them, being one of the ways of giving back to the society, and in efforts to fight the scourge.
“We have over 156 cylinders that we took to Yola, filled, returned and distribute to the beneficiaries,” he said.
According to him, NAF has its own cylinders too, which it normally supply to the beneficiary isolation centres.
“We also have facilities in Yola like the Federal Medical Centre and the state Specialist Hospital that the service has been supplying medical oxygen to,” he said.
Bako, however, said that all the efforts were geared toward letting Nigerians know that whereever they were, they were not forgotten.
“Just bring your empty cylinder to the airport. We will transport them to Yola, fill them and bring them back to you wherever you are free of charge.
“The only thing we do is that we monitor to ensure that the cylinders are taken to the right place and for the purpose they are meant for,” Bako said..
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
We will fight bandits to finish — Chief of Air Staff
We will fight bandits to finish — Chief Chief of Staff
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.
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