NAF says House of Reps lacks powers to investigate its activities

NAF says House of Reps lacks powers to investigate its activities

- The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) argues that the House of Representatives lacks the constitutional powers to investigate its activities and that of its subsidiaries

- The force made the statement when its representatives appeared before the House adhoc committee investigating the alleged use of force against Blue Boulevard

- However, the adhoc committee dismissed the position of the force on the grounds that the constitution and the House standing order empowers them to investigate the Nigerian Air Force

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has said the House of Representatives lacked the constitutional powers to investigate its activities and that of its subsidiaries.

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has said the House of Representatives lacked the constitutional powers to investigate its activities and that of its subsidiaries.

The Nation reports that the Air Force made the claim on Monday, March 16, when it told the House adhoc committee investigating the alleged use of force against Blue Boulevard that the lawmakers were not legally empowered to investigate it.

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However, the adhoc committee dismissed the position of the force on the grounds that the constitution and the House standing order empowers them to investigate the Nigerian Air Force.

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has said the House of Representatives lacked the constitutional powers to investigate its activities and that of its subsidiaries.

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After the House made its position known on the issue, the House at plenary presided over by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila directed that the investigation be carried out.

In another report, many Boko Haram fighters were killed after fighter jets of the Nigerian Air Force began heavy bombardment in the heart of the Sambisa forest.

The airstrikes which were targeted at the “S” region, also destroyed the terrorists’ facilities including vehicles and motorcycles hidden under dense vegetation, The Nation reports.

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This heavy blow against the insurgents is in line with the directive from President Muhammadu Buhari to take the fight against terrorism to the insurgents.

Air Commodore Ibukunle Daramola, the NAF's director of public relations and information, who revealed this information in a statement said the airstrikes were carried out on Thursday, February 27, in Borno state.

Daramola also noted that airstrikes were in continuation of Operation Rattle Snake 3 after intelligence surveillance showed that insurgents had intensified activities in the area.

He said: “The Air Task Force (ATF), Operation LAFIYA DOLE has neutralized some Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) and destroyed some of their facilities in air strikes conducted on 27 February 2020 at a location referred to as the “S” Region in the heart of the Sambisa Forest, Borno State.

“The airstrikes were executed in continuation of Operation RATTLE SNAKE 3 after series of Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions showed that the BHTs; with their vehicles, motorcycles and logistics facilities camouflaged under the dense forest vegetation; had intensified activities in the “S” Region with a view to launching further attacks on civilian settlements and troops’ locations in the area.

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Meanwhile, the training ground of Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) at Kirta Wulgo on the fringes of the Lake Chad in Northern Borno has been destroyed by men of Nigerian Air Force (NAF).

This was disclosed by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF’s director of Public Relations and Information. According to Daramola, the operation was conducted on Sunday, February 16, through the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole.

Going further, he disclosed that the feat was achieved as a result of the credible information and intelligence they gathered.

Daramola also pledged that NAF would sustain its air campaign. He said this will also support ground troops.

In another operation, Nigerian Air Force fighter jets bombed hideouts of Boko Haram group in Bula Koroge on the fringes of the Sambisa forest in Borno state. Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, the spokesperson for the Nigerian Air Force, disclosed that dozens of insurgents were killed in the airstrikes which were carried out on March 6, The Nation reports.

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The spokesperson said the Nigerian Air Force the airstrikes were executed after credible intelligence reports indicated that Boko Haram insurgents had relocated some of their fighters to the settlement in preparation for attacks on troops.

Daramola said the massive airstrikes which were conducted in two waves of attack destroyed structures of the insurgents in the targeted area.

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