Army calls for support in fight against terrorism

Martha Obi, Abuja

Cross section of some Army officers at the 115 Special Operations Group in Port Harcourt, Riverside State.

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar has called for support from relevant civil organisations in the war against terrorism and other forms of criminalities in Nigeria.

Air Marshal Abubakar made the call during his operational visit to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) 115 Special Operations Group in Port Harcourt, Riverside State.

He noted that “the critical role being played by the unit towards nation’s security”.

The visit will enable the Chief of Army Staff to assess “the level of progress on the ongoing reactivation of 2 NAF helicopters towards increasing the NAF’s operational efficiency”.

He expressed satisfaction with the evolving unique partnership between military and civil organisations, as being witnessed in the unit.

According to him, “It is gratifying to note that the technical crews of the NAF and AeroContractors are working together to reactivate the NAF Dauphin Helicopter.” 

Air Mashal Abubakar commended the management of AeroContractors, Overland Airways and Innoson Group and all of who are rendering various technical services to NAF, at no or minimal costs.

He described the gesture of the three companies as being exemplary and worthy of emulation.

“At times like this, the nation and the military, in particular, require all available indices of power to ensure total victory. We therefore urge other relevant civil organisations to take a cue from the aforementioned organisations by supporting NAF in the fight against insecurity in Nigeria,” he stated.

Air Marshal Abubakar also commissioned a new residential building, designed to accommodate 120 new and incoming recruits.

Newly commissioned residential building.

The block was named after Late NAF09/24099 Aircraftwoman, Abdulmalik for her gallantry and sacrifice to the nation. Late Abdulmalik died on November 25, 2012 during a suicide bomb attack at the Jaji Cantonment Kaduna by members of the Boko Haram Sect.

This is in line with the NAF’s desire to preserve the memories of fallen heroes and heroines.

Air Marshal Abubakar and his entourage witnessed a demonstration by the Unit’s Repelling Team, after which he interacted with the officers, as well as the airmen/airwomen in two separate meetings.

According to Air Marshal Abubakar, the best of ideas are not necessarily limited to the top hierarchy and hence his decision to interact with the personnel.

Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya represented the Chief of Army Staff.

Sammie Idika