- The end of Boko Haram may be near as the British Military Assistant Training has assisted the Nigerian Air Force in the training of regiment personnel
- Over 2,000 special forces were also trained to enhance protection capabilities of the Nigerian Air Force
- The chief of air staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, made the disclosure on Saturday, April 27
The British Military Assistant Training has assisted the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in the training of regiment personnel as well as over 2,000 special forces to enhance protection capabilities of NAF.
The disclosure was made by the chief of air staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, during the NAF Day 2019 lecture in Abuja on Saturday, April 27.
Legit.ng gathers that the lecture was one of the activities lined up by the NAF to celebrate its 55th anniversary.
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Abubakar said: "In the area of force protection, the British Military Assistant Training Team has assisted the Nigerian Air Force in the training of Regiment personnel as well as over 2,000 Special Forces to enhance Force Protection capabilities of the Nigerian Air Force.
“This era also had the Nigerian Air Force expanding its reach through establishment of units in many of the troubled areas such as Zurmi Local Government of Zamfara , Nguroje in Taraba , Agatu in Benue among others.
‘"Albeit, these efforts may not yield expected results if proper integration with sister Services; which form the Land and Sea components of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, is not achieved.
"Our gathering at an intellectual forum like this will go a long way in eliciting cogent resolutions that will pave way for a seamless integration of our operations."
The minister of defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, represented by the director, Air Force, ministry of Defence, Peter Ashibe, said: “Appraising NAF activities in retrospect while keeping current realities in mind, it gives me great joy to note the speedy rate at which the NAF has metamorphosed into an efficient arm of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
"Its fortunes have steadily improved operationally and administratively to the extent that the Nigerian Air Force of today is progressively building capacity and capabilities to effectively respond to internal security challenges, while efficiently projecting air power in defence of Nigeria’s territorial integrity."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said its Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole destroyed some vehicles and neutralised some Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) at a suspected workshop in Sambisa forest.
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, the NAF director of public relations and information, made this known in a statement on Thursday, April 25, in Abuja, saying the operation took place on Wednesday, April 24.
“The operation was conducted yesterday, April 24 , after a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform on a routine mission observed significant activities as well as some serviceable vehicles hidden under some trees at a previously abandoned BHT vehicle workshop.
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“Accordingly, the ATF scrambled an Alpha Jet to attack the location.Overhead the target area, some of the BHT fighters were seen attempting to flee the location but were taken out by the Alpha Jet’s successful strikes, which also caused the destruction of two vehicles and other equipment at the workshop."
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