NAF neutralises scores of insurgents at Bula Korege in Borno



The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says its Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole has neutralised scores of Boko Haram terrorists (BHTs)  and destroyed their hideout at Bula Korege on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest in Borno.

NAF made this known in a statement on Saturday by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information.

The air force said that the operation was conducted on Friday.

It further said that the air strikes conducted by the air task force was part of an ongoing mission code-named Operation Green Sweep lll.

Operation Green Sweep III targets identified terrorists’ positions in Borno.

NAF explained that the target was designated for attack based on credible intelligence reports, which were further corroborated by series of Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions.

The air force added that intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance was able to establish the fact that the settlement was a major hub of Boko Haram terror activities.

“The ATF, therefore, detailed two Alpha Jets to attack the target area.

“The air strikes were synchronised for maximum effect, recording devastating hits on the Boko Haram hideout, killing several of their fighters in the process, as captured in the Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) footage,” he said.

The spokesperson for NAF said that the air force would be able to sustain its operation against the terrorists in the North-East if it worked in concert with surface forces.

(Edited by Emmanuel Yashim)


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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NAF distributes medical oxygen cylinders to FCT isolation centres



The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has distributed medical oxygen cylinders to isolation centres in the FCT.

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.

He explained that NAF had been supplying medical oxygen to the beneficiaries in the FCT and even in other parts of the country.

“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.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the beneficiaries include: DSS Medical Centre, CACOVID Isolation Centre, as well as the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH).

NAN also reports that UATH has 128 of the cylinders, while DSS has 16.

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
Source: NAN
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Maritime Security: NIMASA, Air Force set to deploy assets for Deep Blue Project



The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, says air assets acquired under the Deep Blue Project, also called the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, are set for deployment.

Abubakar said in a statement on Thursday in Lagos that the assets domiciled with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), would be deployed by the Nigerian Air Force to support the Federal Government’s maritime security effort.

According to the statement by the Head, Corporate Communications of NIMASA, Philip Kyanet, Abubakar made the disclosure when the Director-General (D-G) of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh, paid a working visit to the Nigerian Air Force headquarters in Abuja obn Wednesday.

He noted that the NIMASA D-G had requested adequate arrangement to receive and deploy the two special mission aircraft expected in the country in the next few months.

Abubakar said that NAF had maintained a longstanding cordial relationship with NIMASA with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Maritime Air Surveillance and Intelligence signed in 2013.

He said that though the MOU had elapsed, NAF had continued to play a crucial role in maritime security, working closely with the Nigerian Navy and NIMASA.

Abubakar said that NAF had recently established a Combat Reconnaissance Group (203 CRG) in Gombe State, primarily to deal with the security challenges in the North-East and other parts of the North.

He said the drones that would be deployed with the 203 CRG could be moved to any part of the country, including coastal locations, especially given the crucial place of the maritime environment to the survival of the country.

“Indeed, we are working towards establishing UAV wings in Lagos, Calabar and Port Harcourt to support other security agencies in maintaining the security of the maritime environment,” he said.

Abubakar, who assured the director-general that Air Force would do everything in its power to partner with NIMASA on the Deep Blue Project, said that the Federal Government was doing everything humanly possible to secure Nigeria and Nigerians.

Responding, Jamoh commended the leadership of the Nigerian Air Force for its commitment to capacity development.

He noted that NIMASA was committed to ensuring the success of the Deep Blue Project with adequate cooperation from all stakeholders.

“We have received two Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), and the two special mission aircraft are expected to arrive in the country before the end of the year.

“The challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the special training for the personnel to man these air assets, but we have found a way around it. We will continue to seek your partnership to secure the Nigerian maritime domain,” he said.

Jamoh disclosed that 17 fast interceptor boats, 15 armoured vehicles and two special mission vessels were some of the land and marine assets already on ground.

He said all hands must be on deck to secure the country’s maritime environment and change all negative narratives.

The Deep Blue Project, also called the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, is a maritime security project.

It aims to comprehensively tackle insecurity in Nigeria’s territorial waters and Exclusive Economic Zone up to the Gulf of Guinea.

Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Peter Ejiofor)
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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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