Air Force continues combat operations in Niger Delta

The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, says the Nigerian Air Force will continue its reconnaissance missions and aerial bombardments in troubled areas like the North-east and the Niger Delta.

Air Marshal Abubakar said the renewed activities in the Niger Delta region on gas pipelines as well as some suicide bombing in the North East, influenced the need for air reconnaissance.

NAF chief, who was represented by the Air Officer Commanding, Logistics Command, Air Vice Marshal Muhammadu Muhammed, told this to journalists at the inauguration of staff residential accommodation at 105 Communications Depot, Lagos.

“The combat operations against insurgents and terrorists in the North-eastern part of the country are still in progress.

Expectedly, the NAF has remained a major player in carrying out aerial bombardment leading to the destruction of Boko Haram fighters’ camps and dislodging them from their strongholds within the Sambisa forest and adjoining enclaves.

The sustained air operations provided greater latitude to the ground troops to rescue more people, mostly women and children erstwhile abducted by the insurgents.

It is therefore gratifying to note that Boko Haram’s will to fight has been seriously degraded thus limiting their skeletal activities to merely suicide bombings of soft target.”

Success so far

“While remarkable success was recorded in Operation Lafiya Dole, the renewed activities of some criminals in the Niger Delta, which include attacks on gas pipelines has increased the security challenges in region.

Nevertheless, the NAF is continually carrying out air reconnaissance missions of the troubled areas and also actively participating in joint operations with the sister services in order to put the situation under control.

Another disturbing security challenge is the recurring clash between farmers and herdsmen in some parts of the country which often leads to wanton destruction of lives and properties”, he said.

 The Nigerian Air Force boss promised decent accommodation for officers, airmen and airwomen as a top priority of the Air Force’s policy thrust towards ensuring that the  personnel and their families live in a befitting environment.

According to him: “Since assumption of office, we have embarked on a number of new constructions to address the inadequacy of houses in various units across the country as well as massive renovation and upgrading of the existing quarters that were in dilapidated condition to bring them to standard”.