The Nigerian Air Force says it will establish an operational base in Katsina State, to effectively tackle security challenges in the Northeastern part of the country.
Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadiq Abubakar made this known at the opening of the 8th Air Force Games in Katsina State.
The Air Force base will be established in Katsina and Daura, while the force had secured a land for the construction of the base in the two towns.
This will assist the force to effectively fight the insurgency, cattle rustling and other forms of criminal activities in the zone.
The Force has been fighting insurgency and militancy in the North-East and South-South geo-political zones.
It also has been using helicopters to carry out surveillance with the aim of checkmating the activities of oil bunkering in the Southern Nigeria.
Air Marshal Abubakar explained that “the surveillance had started discouraging youths from engaging in the illegal business by arresting them and making them know that it was no longer lucrative for them.”
“Nigerian Air Force had provided sports facilities to various commands to enable personnel to become physically and mentally fit for such challenges.”
Contingents from five commands will take part in the 13 different sporting activities of the 8th Air Force Games.