- As part of counter banditry effort, President Buhari will commission two helicopter gunships
- The Nigerian Air Force is fully committed to the fight against insurgency and banditry, according to the Chief of Air Staff
- Sadique Abubakar commended security agencies' joint effort in the fight against insecurity
President Muhammadu Buhari will commission two helicopter gunships as part of effort against terrorism and banditry in the northwest region of the country.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, made this known while commissioning crew rooms and 30 block of accommodation for its personnel at headquarter of the Air Task Force in Maiduguri, Borno state, Daily Trust reports.
Sadique, who restated the Nigerian Air Force's full commitment towards the fight against insurgency and banditry, used the platform to charge the air force officers on the need for more dedication in the fight for the souls of Nigeria from insecurity crisis
He said: “I am urging both airmen and women to keep working hard to support all ongoing operations, not only in the northeast but I am sure you aware that we are operating in the northwest as well; we are going to continue working hard to make sure all Nigerians are safe to go about their lawful businesses.
"We are looking forward to acquire additional platform; in fact, President Muhammadu Buhari is going to induct two helicopter gunships that will be deployed to northwest to support our operations to make our farmers have freedom to move in and out of their farms, to ensure that people are not killed."
Commending the security agencies' joint effort in the fight against insecurity, Saddique said the operations by MJTF and Operation Lafiya Dole will be sustained.
"I have been adequately briefed by the Commander of Air Task Force; we are doing everything humanly possible to see that our communities are secured. We are working closely with other security agencies especially ground troops; with the brief I received, I think I am comfortable.
“It is about fighting; it is to ensure that personnel that are fighting are well taken care of and that is why we built the technical crew rooms which we have commissioned. Also, we have equally commissioned 30 units of accommodation for our airmen and women that have been posted here so I am impressed with the progress we have made," he said.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the commissioner of police in Zamfara, Celestine Okoye, had said that the security agents in the state would not negotiate with the bandits terrorising the people of the state.
Okoye made this position known on Sunday, April 14, in Talata-Mafara while addressing newsmen shortly after a state security council meeting.
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